How to: Shutdown Windows 8
Shutdown Windows 8 using the Settings Charm
Once you know how to shutdown Windows 8, it’s mindless. But until that… I know, I did it the first time, too. I automatically went to the bottom left corner of my desktop and clicked the imaginary start button to shut down my computer. All I did was bring up the start menu. So then I looked on the menu, expecting to find a shutdown tile. Nope. Then I remembered the charms bar.
In order to shutdown Windows 8, you need go to the bottom right of your screen and bring up the charms bar. Click on Settings (the charm that looks like a wheel.) A column will appear. At the bottom will be a number of choices. Click on Power. From there, you will be able to choose Sleep, Shut down, or Restart. Microsoft is very excited about Sleep, and being able to keep your apps syncing in the background while using very little power. Personally, I want my computer off, and typically pick Shut down instead. With that, the computer is off, and with the same number of clicks as earlier versions of Windows.