Shutting Down or Putting Windows 8 to Sleep
One of the other basic tasks you’ll need to do regularly with Windows 8 is turn your computer off. There’s no obvious Shut Down command like the one placed so conspicuously on the Windows 7 Start menu.
The secret is that Windows 8 tucks away the Shut Down command in the Settings charm in the Windows 8 Charms bar. You can easily turn the computer off—or just send it off to sleep—by selecting the option of your choice from the Settings charm.
Putting Windows 8 to Sleep
When you’re going to be away from your computer for a period of time but you aren’t ready to turn everything off for the day, you can put your computer in Sleep mode to conserve energy and protect your files and programs while you’re away.
- Display the Charms bar by swiping left from the right edge of the screen or by pointing the mouse at the lower-right corner of the Start screen.
Tap or click Settings.
- Tap or click Power. A list of options appears: Sleep, Shut Down, Restart.
- Tap or click Sleep.
Shutting Down Windows 8
When you’re ready to power down your computer, just tap or click Shut down instead.
- In the Settings charm, tap Power.
- Tap or click Shut down. If you have any open, unsaved files, Windows 8 prompts you to save them before shutting down.