The start menu and start button are gone from the Windows 8 OS (you can get them back in 1 click with Soluto), and in addition how you restart and shut down your computer with the new operating system has changed as well. Find out how you can use the Windows 8 charm bar, keyboard shortcuts, or the click of a mouse to restart and shut down your computer.
How do I restart or shut down my computer with Windows 8 in the Windows 8 Start Screen?
There are a number of ways to shutdown or restart your computer from the Windows 8 start screen. The first way is through the charm bar (learn more about the Windows 8 charm bar.) When the charm bar opens, click settings, and then select power from the icon menu at the bottom. A menu will pop up, and you can select to sleep, shut down, or restart your computer.
How do I shut down my computer in Windows 8 desktop mode?
If you’re in the desktop version of Windows 8 and would like to shut down from there, there are a number of ways you can do it:
Open the command line, an app which sits on your Windows 8 desktop. Type “shutdown-r” if you’d like to Restart, or “shutdown-s” if you’d like to Shutdown. Press enter, and your computer will automatically restart or shut down.
You can also press the Windows button, located on the bottom left of your keyboard, and L at the same time. This will bring you to the login screen. From there you can log out of your user name, and then shut down by clicking the icon in the lower left-hand corner
You can also press Alt+F4, which will bring up a dialogue box with the option to shut down your computer.