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Windows 8 Shutdown, Restart, Sleep and Hibernate Roundup
If you’re a new Windows 8 user, one of the more confusing things you’ll encounter is how to shutdown the OS. Here we’ve put together a roundup of ways to shutdown, add the Hibernate option, and create custom shutdown Tiles.
Shutdown, Restart, or Sleep Windows 8
Let's start with shutting down Windows 8, Restarting, or putting it to sleep.
Bring up the Charms bar by hovering your mouse in the lower right corner, or simply use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + I. Or if you have a Surface RT or other touchscreen running Windows 8 or Windows RT, swipe from the right side of the screen to the left. Whichever way you bring up the Charms, tap or click Settings. Then select the Power button and select from one of the three options.
Add Hibernate to Power Button
Sometimes you want to Hibernate your system and the option is a glaring omission by default. But it’s easy to add. Hit the Windows Key + W to open the Search Settings and type: power options. Then under the results, click Change What the Power Buttons Do. There you’ll be able to add Hibernate to Shutdown Settings. Check out the full guide here.
Shutdown Windows 8 from the Desktop
If you are a fan of doing things in Windows 8 the old school way, check out Austin Krause's article on shutting down Windows 8 from the Desktop — hint: Alt + F4.
Start Screen Shutdown Tile
If you find that you use the Windows 8 Start screen a lot, you might want the ability to tap a tile to power it down. Check out the article on how to create a Start screen Shutdown Tile for the details.
If you like your Shutdown, Logon, and Logoff sounds to be something other than default, check out the article on how to customize Windows 8 Shutdown and logon/off sounds.
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LAST UPDATED 5/6/2013