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How do I shutdown Windows 8?

I haven't been able to find anything in the GUI of Windows 8 to shutdown the computer. So I have to open a Command Prompt and type shutdown.exe -s -f -t 0. Then it shuts down. Surely there is another way; I know lots of people who can't remember commands like that! Any ideas?

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To shutdown Windows 8 from the GUI, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Charms Bar (hover your mouse in the bottom right corner)

  • Click on Settings (it has a gear icon)

  • Click on Power (it has a power button icon)

  • Select Shut down from the menu

If this is too tedious, you can create a batch file with the shutdown.exe -s -t 0 command in it and pin it to the Start Screen.

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The "intended" method to shutdown in windows 8 is to open the Charms side bar first, then choose settings, and then choose "start/turn off" (don't know exactly what it says in English, my OS is in Spanish).

To open the charms bar you have several options:

  • the easiest one, just press WindowsKey + C
  • move your mouse cursor to a corner on the right side of the screen, then move the mouse down (f upper corner) or up (if down corner), that shows the charms bar.
  • if you have a touchscreen, slide your finger from right to left across the right edge of the screen.
  • if you are using a touchpad and it supports it, you can also slide from right to left in the touchpad (from outside the touchpad towards it) to open the bar.

Another way to shutdown, is to press Alt-F4 while being n the desktop. that brings up a menu where you can choose to shutdown, restart, log off, hibernate... etc If you are in any other app, you can quickly get to the desktop by pressing Windows + D.

So, the fastest way to shutdown would be: Windows + D (if not on desktop already), Alt+F4, then S* to bring but the "Shutdown" option if it's not already selected, then Enter, and there you go.

*Again, I don't know exactly the name it shows in English, in Spanish it says "Apagar", so I only need to press the A key and then enter.

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On my machine, there are four options that begin with 'S': Shut down, Switch user, Sign out, and Sleep. Unfortunately, that means typing 'S' will result in the next option that begins with 'S' being selected. Perhaps MS should change the names to Log out and change user; They probably weren't thinking about people who use keyboards when they picked those names. –  ctype.h Dec 27 '12 at 5:38
    
You could try to quickly type "sh" instead of just 's'? That would, hopefully, select "shutdown" instead of any other "s" option. At least in other places with select boxes, that works fine. –  DiegoDD Dec 27 '12 at 18:18