Unless you’ve installed a third-party Start Menu app in Windows 8 there isn’t an intuitive way to shutdown Windows. Sure the Metro interface has a Sign Out button, but Microsoft underestimates how annoying it is to have these extra steps just to restart or power off the computer. On top of that, the desktop view doesn’t even offer a button. What gives?
Anyway, to shutdown previous versions of Windows, Alt + F4 was the Windows 7 keyboard shortcut that did it. The same works in Windows 8 while on the Desktop. Just press Alt + F4 on your keyboard and the Shut Down dialog will appear. Here you can Switch User, Sign out, Shut down, or just Restart.
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