Saturday, 12 May 2012

Log Off, Desktop Taskbar Icon (for Windows)

Log Off Taskbar Button Screenshot

I never understood why “Logging Off” is more inaccessible than “Switching Users” especially when the nature of Windows itself works as a single user environment operating system.

So the question I ask is, why would anyone want to stay “Logged in” while someone else is using their computer? It’s beyond me, the only possible reasons I can think of are:
  1. To prevent updates from working correctly
  2. To appear to people that you are online, or available to chat with, even though you are not even there.
  3. To mis-sync all your cloud services
  4. To consume computer resources while you are gone.
Now granted, all those reasons sound tempting to the average user. For me, A simple way to log off is much more desirable. Especially in the newer Windows Vista/7 Operating Systems where the act of “Logging In” doesn’t take a quarter day.

Steps to make your very own Log Off Taskbar Icon:

Follow this extremely simple steps to get yourself Logged Off your computer (With ease)
  1.   Right Click your desktop and select “New”, and “Shortcut
  2. In the “Creatre Shortcut” wizard type in:

    C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -L

    then hit “Next” 
  3. Be sure to the name the short cut “Log Off” then click “Finish”
  4. Right click the newly created shortcut and select “Properties”
  5. In the Shortcut Properties dialog window, select the “Shortcut” tab and hit the “Change Icon…” button, a warning will come up, click “Ok” to continue.
  6. The system should look for default icons in “%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll” Search there if otherwise, there you should be able to find an ideal Logoff Icon:

    (The Key Icon usually is the Ideal Log Off icon, you can however use whatever you please, like the Tree, I’m amused by this Tree Icon.. What it’s for is beyond me)
  7. Be sure to hit “Ok” and “Ok” again to close the respective dialogs, and drag that Short cut into the taskbar, or Quick Launch folder as you see fit.
Other things to note, you may want to consider other “Shortcut properties” such as “Run as minimized” and “Run as administrator” to better facilitate the Log Off action, and if you haven’t guessed the shortcut could be used for other things, if you change it’s location accordingly.

Enjoy Logging Off,

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