Did you download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and had a few moments to play around with the new interface? A lot has changed, and most of it I really do not like, especially hunting for the basic buttons to turn off my computer. If you looked and couldn’t figure out Microsofts intuitive way of doing don’t worry! We will show you how to shutdown, restart, log off or hibernate Windows 8 from the Metro Start menu and the Desktop environment.
Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, or Hibernate Windows 8
So Windows 8 has these hot corners where you need to have the mouse over them to active a hidden menu. This is supposed to be very initiative but I disagree. Nonetheless if you are using a mouse and keyboard with Windows 8 locate this icon in the bottom right corner or press the Windows Key plus C.
Clicking the icon above or pressing the Windows Key Plus C will bring up a menu to the right, lets call it the charms menu. You will want to select settings at the bottom of this menu.
From the bottom of the settings menu select power icon and click it.
Here you can chose to shutdown, restart etc.
Mine only has a few options depending on where you installed Windows 8 at. You should see all other choices. Another way to do it is use the ALT + F4 to get the menu below.
This will take you back to the Desktop environment and give you a familiar drop down prompt that will let you shut down switch user, and so on. That is pretty much it unless you think this can be annoying to do this every time, you can make some tiles that have shutdown, log off, or restart on the start menu for easy access. If you have a comments about Windows 8 please post them below.