I figured I’d better get with the times and actually try out Windows 8. Luckily, I’ve got a netbook that hasn’t been doing too much lately, so I threw in an Intel 60 GB SSD into it, and put Windows 8 on it. While there are some improvements to it over Windows 7, there’s a few things that I definitely don’t like about it. The biggest of these is probably how buried the power button/sleep button is. Let’s compare Windows 7 and 8 in this regard, how how many clicks it takes to put a PC to sleep:
- Click the start button
- Click the over arrow (or wait for the menu to appear)
- Click Sleep
- Move mouse to the upper or lower right corner
- Move down to the Settings button and click it
- Click the Power button
- Click Sleep
Now if Microsoft had been paying attention, they’d notice that there’s an extra step in there – and if they’d have taken a lesson from Google on saving button clicks, they would have made it way less buried. Seriously. I think I had to Google how to put my own PC to sleep. This might work fine for low power touch devices where you can just hit a button to put the machine to sleep, but for something a bit bigger like a PC, it makes no sense. This annoyed me enough that I wanted to write a sleep button app that was more accessible. I wanted to write this as an app-formerly-known-as-Metro-style-app, but I couldn’t. Because of the sandboxed nature of Windows-8-style-formerly-known-as-Metro-apps, it’s completely impossible. The best I could do is write a WPF app that looks sort of like a metro-style app.
Anyway, since my hopes and dreams of making a power button app on the Windows App Store were dashed, I figured the best I could do is give away the app for free so that others don’t have to suffer. So without further ado, you can download the app here:
Download it, unzip it, and put it some place where you won’t delete it. Want to shut down/restart/sleep your machine without having to go through 30 levels of menus?
- Press the Windows key
- Start typing “PowerButton”
- Hit enter.
- Make your selection.
Not so bad, now is it?