One of the notable feature missing on Windows 8 is the start button. Previous windows users will find it difficult to quickly shutdown Windows 8 using the Start button. We had already covered the steps for shutting down Windows 8 using the PC Settings. Listed below are some of the easy ways to shutdown or restart the system.
Pressing Keyboard combination Alt + F4 from Windows 8 desktop.
From the Shut Down Windows 8 drop down choose the action that you want to perform i.e Switch User, Sign out, Sleep, Shut down, Update and restart.
Please note that this would work only on the desktop and not from the Windows Metro Style screen.
Create Shortcuts for Shutdown or Restart
Windows 8 users can create shortcuts and Shutdown and restart and place them on the desktop or taskbar for easy access. For creating shortcuts.
Step 1: Go to Windows 8 desktop.
Step 2: Right click on the desktop and select New Shortcut from the menu list.
Step 3: In the Create Shortcut window, enter the value for Type the location of the item as “shutdown /s /t 0”
Step 4: Provide the name for the shortcut as “Quick Shutdown” and click the Finish button.
Step 5: Now to get this shortcut on the Metro style window, right click on the Shortcut and select Pin to Start from the menu list.
Now the shutdown shortcut will be available on the Desktop as well as the Start screen.
You can follow the same steps for Restart Shortcut by changing the item to “shutdown /r /t 0””
Note: This same technique can be used to quickly restart or shutdown Windows 7 or Windows Vista machines as well.
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