How to shut down your new Windows 8 computer

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It really happened. I kind of thought it might, and addressed this once before, but I hoped it wouldn’t. Microsoft failed so badly at explaining Windows 8, people actually need to search the internet to figure out how to do it. If you’re reading this, and you came here asking how, DO NOT FEEL BAD! It isn’t your fault at all. Microsoft changed things too much and just assumed we would all just figure it out. So, if you’re asking how do I shut down Windows 8? Here’s how:

  1. Bring up the Charms Bar (the menu on the right). Here are 3 ways to do it:
    -On a computer with a mouse, place your pointer in the upper or lower right corner of the screen.
    -With no mouse, only a keyboard, you can press “Windows Key + C” to bring up the Charms Bar.
    -With a touch interface, swipe in from the right hand side of the screen.
  2. Click Settings – yes, the cog/gear icon.
  3. Click Power.
  4. Click shut down.

2 thoughts on “How to shut down your new Windows 8 computer

  1. It does sound cumbersome but I wonder if their intent is to make powering devices more of an interaction with the hardware? Much like you would power off your phone or tablet, you actually have to push a power button instead of relying on a software metaphor.

    Regardless, this reminded me of an old classic:

    Costello: So, here I am working on my new computer and I want to turn it off. What do I do? 
    Abbott: Well, first you press the Start button, and then – 
    Costello: No, I told you, I want to turn it off. 
    Abbott: I know, you press the Start button- 
    Costello: Wait a second. I want to turn it off. Off. I know how to start it. So tell me what to do. 
    Abbott: I did. Costello: When? 
    Abbott: When I told you to press the Start button. 
    Costello: Why should I press the Start button? 
    Abbott: To shut off the computer. 
    Costello: I press Start to stop. 
    Abbott: Well Start doesn’t actually stop the computer. 
    Costello: I knew it! So what do I press. 
    Abbott: Start 
    Costello: Start what? 
    Abbott: Start button. 
    Costello: Start button to do what? 
    Abbott: Shut down. 
    Costello: You don’t have to get rude! 
    Abbott: No, no, no! That’s not what I meant. 
    Costello: Then say what you mean. 
    Abbott: To shut down the computer, press- 
    Costello: Don’t say, ‘Start!’ 
    Abbott: Then what do you want me to say? 
    Costello: Look, if I want to turn off the computer, I’m willing to press the Stop button, the End button and Cease and Desist button, but no one in their right mind presses the Start to Stop. 
    Abbott: But that’s what you do. 
    Costello: And you probably Go at Stop signs, and Stop at green lights. 
    Abbott: Don’t be ridiculous. 
    Costello: I am being ridiculous? Well. I think it’s about time we started this conversion. 
    Abbott: What are you talking about? 
    Costello: I am starting this conversation right now. Good-bye.

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