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How To Restart, Log Off, Sleep And Shutdown Windows 8

Users who have started using Windows 8 struggle finding options to Shutdown, Restart, Sleep and Shutdown their PCs. From Windows 95 to Windows 7, the Power Control options have always been accessible from Windows Start Menu, but because Windows 8 is specifically optimized for tablets where users generally don’t require shutting down or restarting a lot, the new Metro Start Menu only contains the options to lock and log off Windows. There are two ways to access Power Control options in Windows 8; you can either use classic hotkey combination Alt+F4 on desktop or open Charms box using Win+C hotkey to Restart, Shutdown, and put your PC to sleep.

It’s advisable to close all programs after saving changes. Open Charms Menu using Win+C hotkey and click Settings.

Now click Power button to access Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, etc., options.

The Lock Screen and Log Off options can be accessed from Windows 8 Start Menu user tile menu.


The classic Windows XP like Power Control dialog is accessible via Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut. Before using this shortcut method, make sure all running applications are closed or inactive.

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If you are interested in the Classic Start Menu, you can use Metro Controller to bring Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 8 to easily access Power Control dialog.

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