How to Turn Off Windows 8

First Impressions - How to Turn Off Windows 8

by Larry Neal Gowdy -June 08, 2012 (updated October 6, 2013)



Six Options of How to Power Off a Computer with Windows 8


Windows 8 Metro screenshot with the power off icon

Windows 8 Metro screenshot with the power off icon.

Windows 8 has a new look that can be a little confusing to first-time users (and maybe still a little confusing even after we have used it for days). Below are instructions on how to exit Windows 8 and turn off the computer, and too, some useful hints on how to make it much easier to turn off the computer from now on. One thing is certain, most everyone using Windows 8 will be making a lot of modifications, and the following tips will help to show you how easy the modifications can be.

(1) When in the Metro screen, place your mouse pointer over the square box with the "-" at the bottom-right hand corner of the screen. A tab will open along the right side of the screen that has five icons. Click on the bottom "settings" gear icon and a new menu will open. At the bottom of the new menu there will be a "power" icon. Click on the power icon and you will be given three choices; sleep, shut down, and restart.

(2) The same works when in the desktop screen, simply move your mouse pointer to the bottom-right hand corner of the screen and the tab with the same five icons will open.

(3) This method is not as convenient but it works: when in the Metro screen click on your avatar near the top-right hand corner of the screen. A new menu will pop up with three choices of "change account picture", "lock", and "sign out". Click on "sign out". After you are signed out a new log-in screen will appear with a power button located near the bottom-right corner of the screen that has the same options as #1 and #2. Click on the power button to turn off the computer.

Now to make it easier the next time you are ready to turn off the computer:

Windows 8 Off Button on the Metro screen

Windows 8 Off Button on the Metro screen.

(4) When on the non-Metro desktop screen right click on any blank area and left click on the "new" option in the popup menu. Choose "shortcut". A new menu will pop up with a "Type the location of the item:" box. Type into the box "C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00" (without the quotation marks). Click "save" and a new menu will ask for a name for the shortcut. You can name the shortcut anything you want (I named mine "Turn Off"). Click "finish" and the shortcut icon will appear on the desktop. You can now place the icon anywhere on the desktop or place a copy in the quick link area of the taskbar.

(5) If you want you can right click on the shut off icon and left click on "change icon". Choose a different icon that you would prefer. I chose the red square power icon for my desktop.

(6) Right click on the shut-off icon and left click on "Pin to Start" so that you will have a power-off button on the Metro screen as well.

You are now all set to go!

The screenshot above also shows a "Start Menu" folder that I created. I will show how to create one in my next article.




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