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30 +52/-22 votes

Confirmation message for [Restart/Shut Down/Log Off].

Submitted by Arayta on November 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

Okay, I don't actually have Windows 7, so this may or may not have already been fixed. But in Vista, when you click Restart, Log Off, Shutdown, etc. there is no confirmation message. I think this is especially needed in Vista because in that little menu that comes up when you click the little arrow (see picture) the options are too close together. Its very easy to click the wrong option and accidentally restart your computer instead of logging off or something.

Bring back the pop-up confirmation dialogue that used to come up in XP and previous versions of Windows.



Not fixed

Discussion (18 comments)

Arayta wrote on November 4, 2008, 7:21pm

Added new image attachment.

Arayta wrote on November 4, 2008, 7:22pm

Changed problem description.

nick wrote on November 4, 2008, 7:59pm

A nice addition would be to have it time-out automatically.
For example: If the question pops up asking whether to continue or cancel, then also show a timer of e.g 30 seconds in which the user has to respond or the action would continue as if the user clicked Yes.

icecone wrote on November 4, 2008, 8:28pm

I don't want a confirmation dialog, but I want the XP shut down dialog with buttons

Raano wrote on November 4, 2008, 8:53pm

I actually am glad they got rid of that. OS X bugs me also with their 1 minute countdown. It takes a couple of clicks anyway to get to the shutdown, so I don't think accidental shutdowns are common. If anything, please make it optional. I do not want any shutdown confirmations, but am not opposed to an optional setting which will.

.Chris wrote on November 4, 2008, 10:49pm

There should be a confrontation no matter what. sometimes you may accidentally click on it and your screwed..

GRiNSER wrote on November 4, 2008, 10:52pm

yep - there is no way to interrupt any of these options so at least a confirmation dialog should be placed (with a timeout)...

BraedenP wrote on November 4, 2008, 11:32pm

Exactly. If they are going to implement that, it HAS to be optional. I don't want to be wastin valuable seconds of my life saying whether I want the system to do what I told it to do, or not.

If I tell it to shut down, that's what I want.

.Chris wrote on November 5, 2008, 12:06am

A check box saying "always use this option" as well as advanced options in the control pannel.

patl wrote on November 5, 2008, 3:20am

Definantly agree, very easy to hit the wrong button...
prehaps advanced options could include customising which options prompt the confirmation. for example, I wouldn't want it coming up when I tell the computer to sleep, but for restart/shut down/hibernate I would

.Chris wrote on November 5, 2008, 3:43am

One of my gripes in vista was this very issue, let alone the new power settings they introduced,

Ensign Joe wrote on November 5, 2008, 3:09pm

Windows Longhorn 4093 featured that. You clicked on Shutdown and it said "Windows is going to shutdown in 20 (countdown) seconds. Continue?" with a checkbox "Never show this dialog again"...
Just implement this into 7 (like many other features you idiots dropped) and everyone will be happy.

.Chris wrote on November 5, 2008, 6:05pm

Mac OSX has that now..... but it seems mirosoft wants to control how we use our computers

.Chris wrote on November 9, 2008, 6:46pm

erm. I want 4 options: Log off, switch user, shut down and sleep.

They could even do 3 and alow us to chose what one we want. eirther shut down or sleep. in a SIMPLE menu, not any of this tree view crap

BoxComputer34 wrote on November 14, 2008, 3:49am

I agree at least an option to turn the confirmation on and off would be nice. I accidentally click it sometimes D:

.Chris wrote on December 10, 2008, 7:25pm

@urvabara, all we need is 3: Shutdown, reboot and sleep. no need for 8

well, you like old stuff, so you can have your 8

.Chris wrote on December 12, 2008, 4:05pm

@urvabara whats bad about a confirmation message? thats the main issue here. not linux or xp beta.

This is just your opinion, over time that may change In a year you may like this,

dabski wrote on January 31, 2009, 1:36am

I like the way XP dose it with the box.

tractordriver88 wrote on March 4, 2009, 11:27pm

XP is great the way it handles.
Or, I just press: "Windows button > U > U" to shutdown or "Windows button > L > L" to restart.

CDuv wrote on March 15, 2010, 7:40pm

Processing such sensible operation (Shutting down an operating system) without confirmation is a big bad UI design problem. When you add the fact the menu options are text-only (no images/pic to refer to): I'm surprised nobody already yelled that bug.

- Single button (in the Orb) that shows a pop-up window with buttons for each actions (Windows XP style)
- Same menu list (in the Orb) that shows a confirmation pop-up window with countdown before action (MOX-style)

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