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Windows 8 Tip #3–Get Me Outta Here!

GetOutOfHereSo, to continue my series on Windows 8 tips, I want to ask a fundamental question that everyone using a computer should be asking:

“How can I shut down this computer so that I can go do what I really want?”

I mean, wouldn’t you rather be outside, going for a walk/run, playing some sports, going to a game, meeting up with your friends, spending time with your family, working on your hobby, or something other than sitting in front of a computer, staring at the small little beams of light representing something that can be wiped away with a simple magnet or a power outage?

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my job.  Probably more than I should.  However, to stay sane, I need my “Ed time”.  So, let’s talk about how to shut down Windows 8 so we can get cracking on that new beer you have been brewing up, or your kid’s first game of baseball.


In Windows 8, one way to shut down system would be to simply drag your mouse to the upper or bottom right of the screen:


Click the Settings charm:


Click on the Power icon:


Select ‘Shut down’:



For those of you who are keyboard shortcut junkies, you simply hold down the Windows key and press I, you should see the equivalent screen as above with the Power button.  Click the Power button and choose ‘Shut Down’.


If you are one who is constantly behind a version or two (i.e. Windows 7), some of the same old ways to get things done with a keyboard still work too. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, click the Power button in the bottom right-hand corner and the same ‘Shut Down’ option.

Desktop user?  Press Alt+F4 and you’ll be able to choose ‘Shut Down’.  Bang.


Windows 8.1 – Tip (Free)

With the new Windows 8.1 desktop (at the time of this blog post it is in preview), you can right click the Windows icon in the taskbar and select ‘Shut down’ and ‘Shut down’ again.

Hope that this tip was useful.   Now shut down and get outside!


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