- Move your mouse cursor to bottom right corner to trigger Charms bar
- Click on Settings > Power > Shut Down
|A smooth swipe with 3 clicks|
There are 2 problems with this method:
- The swipe to bottom right corner do require some practice in order to be able to trigger charms consistently
- 3 clicks is a bit too strenuous for shutting down a computer
Method No. 4Use Keyboard only. 2 keystrokes.
- You need to be at Desktop View.
- Press Alt + F4 Keys to trigger Shut Down Windows dialog box
- Press Enter
|Desktop view. 2 keystrokes.|
The problem? You need to be at Desktop view first.
- Use mouse only, one click, OR
- Use keyboard only one keystroke as defined by you when you create the shortcut key
But you first need to build a shortcut icon on Desktop and Metro Start screen.
|A Shut down shortcut icon with shortcut key.|
- Shut down Windows 8 by Greg Shultz at techrepublic.com
- How to add a Shut Down button to Windows 8 by David Bayon at PC Pro blog
The problem of this method is that it is quite cumbersome to build a shortcut icon and key, despite being a one time work. From my personal experience, don't set the timer command to 00, i.e. -t 00. Use the default, i.e. -t, which is 20 second. Shutdown is a DOS command, if your eye is sharp enough you can catch a glimpse of the DOS black screen.
I don't like this method, frankly. I really don't know when I will accidentally click on this icon and start the shut down process in the midst of my works.
Method No. 2Use keyboard only. 3 keystrokes.
- Press Windows Logo key + x
- Press u
- Press u
This is my favorite method. It can start the shut down process in either Desktop view or Metro Start Screen.
|3 keystrokes to shut down in most situations.|
Finally, Method No. 1Just press the physical power button on a PC. Prior to Windows 8, pressing power button on a PC will just turn off the power immediately. But in Windows 8, pressing the physical power button on a PC will start the shut down process just like other method above.
The problem? For over twenty years, you were taught not to press on power button because it will cutoff the power immediately, it is quite hard to change this mindset. You afraid this method is somehow less reliable than other methods.
More resources on PC productivityThere are more methods and instructions in shutting down Windows 8. Read:
- Greg Shultz has elaborate instructions for various types of shutdown which include re configuring "Sleep" key that comes with some of the keyboards.
- Building different button for different types of turning off, i.e. shut down, sign off, restart, etc. by David Bayon
- Shut down, restart and boot Windows 8 to Desktop, by Sebastian Anthony
- Another shutdown button building instruction, by By Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
- Shut down Windows 8 with keyboard command by Robert Kingsley at LifeHacker
- 3 normal ways to shut down Windows 8, by Jim Martin at PC Advisor
- Microsoft teach you how to Shut down (turn off), sleep, or hibernate your PC for Windows 8.1
There are more:
FinallyI simply can't resist to write about productivity tips even though turning off Windows 8 has little to do with PPC or spreadsheet. Shutting down Windows is what we do everyday!
My favorite way to shut down windows 8 is the Method 2. With 3 quick keystrokes I can walk away knowing that the shut down will be completed for sure.
The problem? Since starting and shutting down Windows 8 is fast, I am turning off my PC a bit too frequent.
And I am definitely having great fun on using #ShutDownWindows8 hashtag on Twitter.