How do I Sleep, Restart, or Shut down Windows 8?
With the Windows 8.1 on the Start Screen in the top-right corner of the screen is a power button that allows you to Sleep, Shut down, and Restart. Clicking this icon or pressing your finger on this icon gives you the options shown in the picture.
With the initial release of Windows 8 to Sleep, Restart, or Shut down follow the steps below.
- Move the mouse pointer to the right side of the screen or press the Windows key + C to open the Charms.
- In the Charms menu click Settings.
- Click the Power icon and select either Sleep, Shut down or Restart.
Tip: If the above steps seem like too much work you can create a shutdown, restart, or hibernate shortcut that allows you to perform any of these tasks faster. To create one or all of these shortcuts follow the steps on how to create a shutdown or restart shortcut in Windows and once created right-click the shortcut and choose Pin to start.