How do I Sleep, Restart, or Shut down Windows 8?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 power buttonWith 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.

Windows 8

Windows 8 shutdownWith the initial release of Windows 8 to Sleep, Restart, or Shut down follow the steps below.

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the right side of the screen or press the Windows key + C to open the Charms.
  2. In the Charms menu click Settings.
  3. 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.

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