How to Restart, Shut Down & Sleep in Windows 8

Microsoft’s been pretty busy lately, releasing a substantially redesigned Windows 8 just last week and putting the final touches on Office 2013 to be released in Q1 2013.

I just installed Windows 8 a few hours ago, so this first post will address something which has already given many people heartburn: how the hell do we restart this thing? Or shut it down, for that matter?

Good news, it’s still easy to do.

  1. Press the Windows Key + C (Win + C) to pop open the new sidebar.*

    Windows 8 Sidebar
    Press Win + C to activate the Windows 8 sidebar.
  2. Click Settings → Power

    Windows 8 Settings > Power
    After pressing Win + C, click Settings > Power to see sleep, shut down and restart options.
  3. Click either Sleep, Shut down or Restart.

End scene.

* Note: you can also point your cursor in the upper right corner of your screen to activate the sidebar, but I prefer using keyboard shortcuts instead.