How to Add Shutdown Button to Windows 10 if it’s Missing

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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Add Shutdown Button Windows 10

Did you upgraded to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and your shutdown button has gone missing? Well, there is a feature in Windows 8.1, Windows 10 that you can try in order to bring back your shutdown button and it will take just 5 minutes of your time. Although it is easy to bring back your shutdown button in Windows 8.1, Windows 10, you should be very careful not to damage other system files while following the steps listed below.
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If you have a Windows 8.1, Windows 10 tablet, phone, PC or laptop, in most cases, the shutdown button feature might be enabled. This means that you can see it or you can disable it for a specific purpose. Follow the steps listed below to learn how you can add the shutdown button if it’s missing or remove it —  if you ever wish in the future.

SOLVED: Windows 10 shutdown button missing from Start Menu

  1. Tweak your Registry
  2. Use a .bat file
  3. Check Group Policy settings

1. Tweak your Registry

  1. Press and hold the button “Windows” and the button “R” to open the Run window.
  2. In the box that appears you will need to write “regedit”.
  3. Hit “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  4. A Registry Editor Window should pop up.
  5. On the right side of the Window double click (left click) on “HKEY_CURRENT_USER”.
  6. In the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” folder double click (left click) on “Software” folder.
  7. In the “Software” folder double click (left click) on “Microsoft” folder.
  8. In the “Microsoft” folder double click (left click) on the “Windows” folder.
  9. In the “Windows” folder double click (left click) on the “CurrentVersion” folder.immersive shell windows 10
  10. In the “CurrentVersion” folder double click (left click) on “ImmersiveShell” folder.
  11. Now right click on the “ImmersiveShell” folder and left click on the “New” feature.
  12. In the “New” sub menu left click on “Key”
  13. It will create a new sub-folder which you will need to name it “Launcher”.
  14. Now left click on the “Launcher” folder to select it.
  15. In the right pane you will need to right click on an open space and select “DWORD (32 bit) Value” .
  16. Name the value “Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen”
  17. Now for the Shutdown button to be enabled you will have to set the value from the “Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen” to “1”.
    Note: If the value remains “0” the shutdown button will not appear.
  18. Reboot the Windows 8.1 or the Windows 10 device in order for the changes to take effect and your shutdown button will reappear to suit your needs.

2. Use a .bat file

This is a quicker way to do that steps above by downloading a “.bat” file to do all them for you but for a more detailed understanding on what exactly you modify in the registries it is recommended to do the first tutorial.

  1. Now you will need to download the “.bat” file from left clicking on the link below.
    Download here program for adding the shutdown button
  2. You will need to left click on the “Save” button and select the directory where you want to place it.
    Note: it is recommended to save it to your desktop for a quicker accessibility.
  3. Double click (left click) on the file you downloaded.
  4. Left click on the “Run” button when the UAC pops up.
  5. Let the batch file run for a couple of seconds.
  6. Reboot the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC.
  7. You now have the shutdown button present in your Windows operating system.

3. Check Group Policy settings

Now, if the Shutdown button is not available in the Start Menu or it’s greyed out, this may be due to incorrect Group Policy settings. As a result, you can quickly fix this issue by applying the correct settings.

  1. Go to Start > open a new Run window
  2. Type gpedit.msc > hit Enter
  3. Go to the following path:
    User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesStart Menu and Taskbarstart menu taskbar windows 10 group policy settings
  4. Double-click ‘Remove and Prevent Access to the Shut Down commandRemove Prevent Access Shut Down
  5. Select ‘Not configured’ or ‘Disabled’ to allow all users to access the shutdown buttonprevent access windows 10 shutdown button
  6. Close Group Policy > restart your computer.

So, there you have three methods to use if you want to add the shutdown button to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device. Although, in some cases you really don’t need the shutdown button, it is still a good idea to know how you can add it just in case you might want to use it in the future.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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