How to Restart, Shut Down or Put to Sleep Windows 8

Shutdown restart sleep windows 8I have to admit, I was having some trouble figuring out how to shut down and restart Windows 8 recently, which was pretty embarrassing. However, thanks to MrGroove’s post a few days ago covering all the new Windows 8 Metro keyboard shortcuts, I figured out what I believe is the best method for shutting down both my Windows 8 tablet and desktop.

For Tablet users, Swipe the screen from Left to Right starting on the far Right side. Tap Settings.

Windows 8 Tablet Settings

Tap Power.

Windows 8 Tablet Settings power

Tap Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.

Windows 8 Tablet Settings Restart

Editors Note: I had some extra energy tonight so I included a screencast to go along with Jordan’s groovyPost.


Type Win+I which will bring up the settings Charms Settings. Click Power and choose between Sleep, Shut down or Restart.

Windows 8 Tablet Settings Restart

Just as a reminder you can access this Charm panel from anywhere, while browsing the Internet, using a Windows 8 app, or pretty much anywhere else.

If you have a mouse, you can also move the mouse to the bottom-left corner of the screen to open the Start Charm.

Open Settings - Far left bottom

Click Settings.

Click SEttings

And again, click the Power button to get the shutdown/restart options.

Windows 8 desktop restart

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1 Comment

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  1. jordan

    September 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    You can skip a step on the desktop by simply using the great shortcut of win button + i. This brings up the settings charm right away, from there you can Click Power and choose your shut down, restart or sleep.

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