How to Shutdown Windows 8 Desktop, Laptop and Tablets

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Now that Microsoft no longer has its signature start menu in the upcoming Windows 8 operating system, some of my friends were having a hard time finding the shutdown button. Previously, most of the Windows users used to click on Start menu and select the shutdown button to power off the system but as the start menu ceases to exist, so does that simple shutdown button.

Hence today I will show you how you can shutdown your Windows 8 computers in four different ways (includes a bonus tip!) based on the kind of device you are using (desktop, laptop and tablets).

Now, the ways discussed here aren’t the only ways to shutdown Windows 8 on those devices, and you could actually use most of these ways on any of the devices. But I have categorized them in accordance with what’s most convenient for each device.

Shutting Down Windows 8 Desktops

The easiest way to shut down a desktop running Windows 8 according to me is by using Windows 8 Charms. No, I am not talking about the attraction of people towards Windows 8. I am talking about a hidden transparent bar that you can open by pressing the Windows + C button or by dragging your mouse to the top right or bottom right corner of the screen.

charm bar

Once the Charm Bar shows up, click on the Settings  button to open settings bar (Windows + I direct shortcut). Here you can see several information about your computer like wireless option, notification etc. Look for the power icon here and click on it to shutdown, restart or hibernate your desktop.

charm bar dhutdown

Shutting down Windows 8 Laptops

We will use the power button on a laptop to shut down Windows 8. By default when you press the power button in Windows 8 it keeps your computer in sleep mode, and thus we will have to change it first following these steps.

Cool Tip: Here’s the complete guide to power options in Windows 7 and Vista.

Step 1: Click on the power icon in the taskbar and click on the link More power options to open Power Options for Windows 8.

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more power options

Step 2: Click on the link Choose what the power button do on the left sidebar to open the Advance System Settings.

change button settings

Step 3: On this window, change the setting for When I press the power button to shut down for both battery and plugged-in mode, and save the settings.

pressing the power button

From this day forward, you can simply press the power button and shutdown your Windows 8 running laptop.

Shutting down Windows 8 Tablets

Shutting down Windows 8 tablets is very easy. Just press the lock button on your tablets to bring up the lock screen, swipe the lock screen wallpaper and click on the shutdown button to power off your Windows 8 tablets.

lock screen

Bonus Tip

Before I end, I have an extra method for all the geeky minds out there.

You can always open the run command and execute the command shutdown -s -t 0 Windows 8 across all the devices.

So, which of the above ways you are likely to use for shutting down your Windows 8 device?

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  • scunizi

    Or… if it’s still active.. Ctrl+Alt+Del > pwr button > reformat > reinstall something sane

  • David

    Alt F4 does the same job