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Shutoff: A shutdown/logoff util for Windows-a nookian app


Last update March 27, 2009 to version 1.6

New: now one can change skin using right click (see the change log below).



Shutoff is logoff/shutdown app for Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7)


- screen dimming
- buttons fade in/out
- skinnable (and dead easy)
- png support (e.g. shadow box, transparency etc...)
- fully customizable dialog, any shape and size, can be placed anywhere
- fully customizable buttons, any shape and size, can be placed anywhere
- unzip and run, no installation, small size (~300K)
- ergonomics: click anywhere (except buttons) to close

Installation: Just unzip the package to your folder of choice.

Usage: Shutoff is best used as a dock item. If you don't use docks, you can create a short cut for shutoff on the quick launch toolbar in the taskbar so you have quick access to shutdown/logoff (without pulling down the startmenu). Or just create a short cut for shutoff on desktop.

keyboard: Escape to close the util.
mouse: click anywhere except the buttons to close.

The functionality of the buttons in the default skin are logoff, reboot, shutdown, respectively. Logoff, reboot, and shutdown in the default skin are forced (i.e. it will logoff after few seconds even if some programs do not response to close request) but you can change to non-forced action (e.g., not logoff if there are non-saved work etc....). Just look into the settings.ini in the skin folder and change the action number there.


A skin is in a subfolder of the skins directory where you put shutoff.exe. Skin selection is done by setting skin=<skin-name> in the file shutoff.ini, which resides in the same folder as where you put shutoff.exe.

For skinning, just look at the sample default skin. It is pretty self-explanatory in the setting.ini file so pls look at a sample settings.ini and the explanation there for how to make skins for shutoff. Basically, all you have to do is to provide button images and dialog background and tell the program where to display them.

Happy skinning! (use shutoff tag/keyword in submission)


This is the homepage of shutoff. Future version will be released here. If you release a skin, it is suggested to link to this page instead of distributing the program to ensure access to the latest version of shutoff.

(To be automatically notified when a new version arrives, add me to your devwatch)

Update 11/04/08:

- now with dimming animation
- arbitrary number of buttons
- add suspend/hibernate action
- program name change to shutoff

Update: 11/08/08

- now with fade in and fade out dialog box !
- click anywhere except the buttons to cancel/close

Update: 11/09/08

- added OffsetX and OffsetY in settings.ini. Can set these to auto to center the dialog automatically for different screen resolutions
- added sound option when open

Update: 12/05/08
- added glass effect
- added button fade in/out
- code optimization (smoother dimming)

Update: 12/10/08
-minor bug fixed

Update: 12/18/08
-minor bugs in suspend/hibernate fixed
-now accept skin name as parameter. For example, "shutoff.exe Leaf" will load the skin leaf. Skin names must not have space in them. This feature allows quick changing skins without editing shutoff.ini.

Update: 01/02/09
-add user profile support: to use user skin setting instead of global skin setting in the file shutoff.ini where you place shutoff.exe, place a personalized shutoff.ini file (copy from the folder where you place shutoff.exe) in the directory %ApplicationData%\shutoff\, where %ApplicationData% is the actual path to user application data folder (you have to create the subfolder shutoff as well).

In XP, the default Application Data folder is "c:\documents and settings\Username\Application Data", where username is your user name. The folder is hidden by default so you have to type in the path in the address bar.

For example, for the username JeffV, a user profile for shutoff is the shutoff.ini file in the folder "c:\documents and settings\JeffV\Application Data\shutoff"

This user profile is useful if you have multiple accounts like I do.

Update: 01/12/09
-no change in version; added standby button images and empty button template images

Update: 03/27/09
-right click on shutoff dialog window will bring up the list of installed skins (which are the subfolders of the skins directory, where you put shutoff). Select a skin from the list to change skin.
-you can also call up editor to edit the config file for the current skin from the right lick menu. Change in the config file will be effective on the next shutoff launch.

Latest version: 1.6

(Version is in the readme.txt file in the zip file. If you use an older version, download the newest one here.)


Comments/suggestions for features are welcome.


A shutoff skin pack:


Other skins:

Dove by Alexander234 [link]

Carved Dove by Alexander234 [link]

ShutoffUni by Gocom [link]


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sabud83 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
stunning! wow
analo86 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thanks for share.. i gonna try it.
santiagobloom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I'd really like to try on my XP pro, please tell me how to install it. Thanks!
CutME Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Its nice but the shutdown is slow :/
hybrld Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Love the app bro. Few questions tho:
1. Is it possible to change the Windows "Shutdown button" in the Start menu to trigger your shutdown program instead?

Also, I can't make a keyboard shortcut for this app.

I made a shortcut of the program, go to properties and tried several shortcut key combinations,
Alt+F5, Ctrl+Shift+S, Alt+S, etc...

I've done many other programs like this, and even tried doing Notepad, which did fine. Any idea as to why it won't launch
with a keyboard shortcut?
And anything I can do to fix this? I really don't like having an extra icon on the desktop or my taskbar.

Appreciate your work man, keep it up!

Let me know about those questions, thanks
club-mate Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
really needs a hibernate button
kalel83 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
I ported this app to truelaucnhbar via a skin (using it's default images). [link]
kalel83 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
corrected [link]
kalel83 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
hosted on deviantart [link]
Oni64 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Great work... I am in love with this tiny tool :D
I have posted a screenshot of my desktop here, featuring Shutoff.

Btw, one bug I am experiencing. It always starts with the default skin. If I change the skin it doesnt memorize it and next time again starts with the default. Any solution?
Cleodesktop Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011   Interface Designer
good job!
myjuman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
awsome...did you do it with visual basics.???
maikkkk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hey its very cool :P
can you make this version with text ?
and can you make when i press shift + arrow high ?
pls tell me if you can make it :)
Chef-of-KH Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
i hope it works on x64 systems
juanchodeville Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
HoulyDK Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
This is sooooo Awsum !
Snook93 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
can u make hibernate button instead of logoff?
please answer.
adli Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice cute prog. Anyway how to add lock screen dialog.
Dawnspire Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Now all I have to do is to make a skin to match my theme and it will be perfect!
V3GAv3ga Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
thank you very mucho for this interesting app =)
Snook93 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
very nice !
but can u make hibernate button instead of logoff?
please answer.
Psych0HoliC Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
this is really nice (:

i use dual monitors and im able to move the dialog box itself to the secondary monitor but the fade stays with the primary one. anyway you can make an option for this in a future release?
neil78b Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This would be great if it popped up instead of the XP crap when I press my laptops power button, otherwise pretty useless app. :(
Project-Tsm Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awww never faved it though i like it so much
great work man
ZoomahZoomah Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I've created a skin for shutoff:
XP Skin for shutoff [link]

nookian, I was wondering if it would be possible to have options in your next version to:
a: disable the right click menu
b: close shutoff only when the cancel button is pressed

also maybe a "pressed" state for the buttons?

Loving your work.
Mr-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Great work :)
Just wondering..Is there a way to add lock desktop. Feels like it should make it complete for me.
celldrifter Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Just added a skin for your app here [link]
ATiGr Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
It's light in size.
Yet it shines in quality!

Nicely done my friend!
darkchocomint Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
hmm, is it possibly to change the sound? customize .wav file :D what code should i use?

ooh~ btw, great application! ^^
celldrifter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
You have to edit the active skin config file (at the bottom)
novoo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
i've worked for the first time with your app and it's so much better then GRJ..

i've done a skin for gaia09

take a look if you're interested :)
FlorianW Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Would be nice to see a "Change user" button-feature.
Crustan Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
Oh, forgot, it's a great app though! :D
Crustan Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
I've got a problem with the close button (even if it's not necessary when I can just click wherever I wnat to exit the app), and that is that it doesn't show when the setting says Action4=close. But when I change "close" to a number, it shows, but doesn't fill it's function. How can I solve this? I want to close the app with the close button.
ZenSeishin Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Exactly the app miss to me,and so simply &easy to install and use,i have complete Ivi's skins now: a dream!

Thank you a lot for your work Nookian ;)
nookian Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
you are welcome :)
Gocom Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Wow, Shutoff is really great tiny(ish) app :P Why haven't I discovered it earlier.

Anyway, absolutely loved it, and so right away made skin for it, the ShutoffUni: [link]
nookian Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
thanks :) added link to ShutoffUni.
Krazy-Bluez Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice going....:D Keep it up...:hug:

Darkmoon108 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
A very useful tool.. Thanx for sharing my friend !
barberioX Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I appreciate the update. Very useful.
Alexander234 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
The right click feature works excellent! Thanks for the update :D and thanks for the app
nookian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Thanks a lot :)
somnign Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
now its dummy proofed lol
nookian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
That's a great app! Does it work on vista?
nookian Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Shutoff does work in Vista.
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Suggestion: Can you ad a property that could allow making the "glass" rounded and not rectangle? Or at least removing the shadow, coz i tried to make a vista aero skin and the shadow spoils it...

Also under vista, is it possible for it to take advantage of real glass effects?
nookian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
uhm, rounded glass could be done but would take some time because I've done the effect from the scratch.

I have no experience with Vista glass programming so I will see if I can do it for Vista.
TSR-Pr Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
This is awesome, I love it! :heart: ;) :thumbsup: :+fav:!
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