Window 7: One Click Restart Shortcut on your Taskbar

Posted March 27, 2011 by Chris Luongo in Windows 7

If you restart your computer often, you will love this tech-recipes hint. Just follow these steps to create a shortcut that will restart your system with a single click of your mouse.

Save time and a few extra clicks by pinning a shortcut to your Windows 7 taskbar. This will allow you to restart your system with one click.

1. Right click on your Desktop. Go to New > Shortcut.

Desktop Shortcut

2. Type in the text box: shutdown /r /t 0
3. Click next

Create Shortcut Text Box Windows 7

4. Type a name for the shortcut and click finish.

Shortcut Name Field Windows 7

5. Click and drag the shortcut icon on your desktop to the Taskbar and drop it. It will automatically become pinned.

Shortcut Restart

6. Your restart shortcut is now pinned to the taskbar.


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  • Pj

    Handy, thanx.

  • Ixl

    The danger of this is accidently clicking it. Its why a restart or shut down is a two stage process.

  • Warner

    good work.. dude!

    • Chris Luongo


  • Mac Daddy

    Great tip and we chose it for this weeks TNHW Tech Tip of the week.

    @ lxl good point. In our article we actually located the restart shortcut 2 slots right of the start menu on the taskbar to avoid this.


    • Chris Luongo

      Thanks man thats awesome! And good idea!

  • Chrislight76

    cool trick, thanks….how do i get that nifty leather wallpaper? 

  • Chris Luongo

    Thanks! Somewhere on Google I’m not too sure!