Shutting Down Windows 8

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You have come to know that to shut down Windows, you click on the Start button. But with Windows 8, there is no start button. How to perform the shutdown besides using the hardware button on your device?

Note that not all devices have an hardware shutdown button. Depending on the device or mobile computer that your are running, the hardware button may function differently. On some, the hardware power button does a “sleep” rather than “shut down”. Closing the lid of laptop will typically just perform a “sleep”.

But you can always access the “shut down” menu from the Windows 8 interface.

1. Bring up the Windows 8 Charms Bar any which way you like…

  • Press Windows-c on your keyboard
  • Hover your mouse to the upper right or lower right corner of the screen
  • Or if you are on a touch device, swipe from the right with your fingers.

There you will see five charms. Click on the bottom Settings charm and you will see the Power button. You can also access the Settings charmed by Windows-I keystroke.

Click on the Power button, and a context menu will pop up giving you the options to Sleep, Shutdown, or Restart.

Click on the “Shut Down” menu and Windows will immediately log out and shut down the machine. Unless there are some unsaved documents, in which case it will provide you with the option to cancel the shut down or continue to shut down losing the unsaved documents.

You may have noticed that the Hibernate option is missing. To enable the hibernate option, read our other tutorial.

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