While many of you might think that it would be trivial to perform such a task, it is definitely a little confusing for new users to shutdown, restart, sleep, lock or log off from Windows 8. Windows 8 does not have the traditional start button which has made it harder for users to actually find the shutdown button (Read: How to add Start Button to Windows 8).
If you are a confused user who has been searching for options to shutdown, restart, sleep, lock or log off from Windows 8, you will find all the information below.
Windows 8 Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Switch User, Log Off and Lock options
Windows 8 provides a shortcut key combination in order to bring up the menu for performing settings change and viewing information about your computer. In order to find the menu for performing the above actions you will have to press the key combination “Windows + I” and then click on the “Power” button in the sidebar to bring up the options to Sleep, Shutdown or Restart the PC.
In order switch user you can use the famous key combination “Ctrl + Alt + Del” which will bring up options to switch user, lock the computer or log off from the current user. Alternatively, you could also use the “Windows + L” shortcut key combination to lock your computer quickly.
If you don’t want to go through all these hassles you can install the Windows 8 start button and get all these options right on the desktop itself.
Microsoft might have imagined Windows 8 in a different way, but traditional Windows users are going to find it hard to perform the simplest of tasks. Hopefully, they will learn their way around.