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Well, maybe Windows 8 is hard to shut down. You have to find the power switch on the device and hold it for a few seconds. Then you go back to the screen and move the red button that appears. Wait a minute — that’s how you shut down the “highly intuitive” iOS on an iPad. Windows 8 shutdown is entirely on screen, just like Windows XP and 7.

Like most myths, the myth that Windows 8 is hard to shut down has some basis in reality. That basis is that the starting point is no longer always on the screen. This makes sense if your goal is to make the operating system mobile-friendly, which is clearly one of the goals for Windows 8.

So how do you shut Windows 8 down?

Charms Bar shutdownFirst you access the Charms bar, which is something you will do frequently in Windows 8. On a touch screen, you just swipe from the right side of the device, starting in an area that is not touch-sensitive and moving into the touch-sensitive area toward the center. Using a keyboard you can access the Charms bar with the Windows key + C shortcut. With a mouse, put the pointer in either the upper or lower right corners of the screen. Once the Charms bar is visible, choose Settings. Now you will see a Power icon (see screenshot). Activating it by any method you choose will give you options to sleep, shut down or restart.

Creating a shutdown shortcutIf that isn’t easy and intuitive enough for you, you can add a shutdown button to the Start screen and/or to the Taskbar in Desktop. To do this, open Windows Explorer and create a shortcut to “shutdown.exe -s -t 00” (without the quotes). Right-click on the shortcut (or tap and hold if using a touch screen) and pin it to the Taskbar, the Start screen or both. This shortcut should prompt if it is used while there is unsaved data open on the device.

Hard to shut down? Hardly. Did I mention that Windows 8 starts and shuts down significantly faster than XP or 7?

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