If you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts and don't like the idea of scrolling through application tiles to find the program you need, don't worry, Windows 8 still supports a useful old shortcut. Which is perfect if, say, you're looking to be able to shut down your PC with a click.
Launch the desktop application,
right-click an empty part of the desktop and click New > Shortcut.
Browse to the application you'd like to launch here. Of for the sake of this example, enter:
shutdown.exe -s -t 00
to shut down your PC, or:
shutdown.exe -r -t 00
to reboot it, and click Next.
Type a shortcut name - 'Reboot PC', say - and click Finish.
Right-click the shortcut, select Pin to Start and it should appear on the far right of the Start screen - just drag the tile wherever you like.
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