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How to logout and shutdown on Windows 8.0

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Since the ubiquitous Start Button has disappeared from Windows 8 (but not from Windows 8.1), people sometimes have a little trouble on how to logout and shutdown on Windows 8.0. Who can blame users, anyway, when Windows has implemented the Start Button since Windows ?95, more than 15 years ago! This means that the users who are on Windows 8.0 right now are the kids who started out on Windows 95 all those years ago.

It doesn?t help that all laptops and desktops you can buy in today?s market only have Windows 8.0. The tile design is something that Microsoft tried to market to combat all the other mobile OS giants. Needless to say, Windows has failed in pushing for adoption to their system.

So if you?re stuck on how to logout ?and shutdown on Windows 8.0, here?s how to do so:

Ctrl + Alt+Del

  1. Use the time-tested shortcut of Ctrl+Alt+Del and you?ll bring up a full screen shutdown menu with options for password change, lock, user switch, sign out and task manager.
  2. At the bottom right corner you can find the power symbol. It gives you the options to Shut Down or Restart

Tile view shutdown

  1. If you?re on your desktop, press the Windows key once to bring up the Tile Screen.
  2. Click on your user profile on the top right corner.
  3. Choose whether you want to lock the computer or sign out of your account.
  4. This will bring up the login screen for all users.

Alt + F4

  1. If your desktop is clear (no other open programs and such), press Alt + F4.
  2. This brings up a familiar-looking menu for power options.
  3. Click on the option you want or use the directional buttons to scroll up and down. You can sign out, sleep, logout or shutdown.

Windows + L

  1. Lock the screen with a shortcut using Windows + L.

Charm bar

  1. Press the Windows + C shortcut.

  2. Click on the gear or Settings Charm.

  3. You?ll see the power symbol as one of the options at the bottom. Click on it.

  4. Choose whether you want to sign out, shutdown or logout.

Closing the screen (for laptops only)

  1. Depending on how you?ve set up your power options in the Settings charm, you can either make your laptop sleep, hibernate or shut down when you close the screen.

  2. The default setting for closing the laptop screen is to Sleep.

If you?ve already updated to Windows 8.1, you?ll find that the Start button is back. You can now use special power options just like in the old Windows interface. You can also use the Windows + X shortcut to bring up the shutdown menu.

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