When we first started introducing Windows 8 in the Digital Workshop I think one of my most common questions was:
“Where has the power button gone?!”
One of my favorite things to show our guests is the large number of ways you can now shut down your PC aside from accessing your settings through the Charms, here are a few of them.
1. First the easiest, the windows button on your desktop has been re-invented and features a large number of options that often go a miss. At any point whether you are on the desktop or in an app move you mouse cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen and you will see some form of your start button. Next up? Just right click and you have a whole list of options, many that you would find in your older operating systems.
2. Alt + F4, if you have been to our Navigate Windows 8 class then we have probably told you about the quick and easy way to close down your apps, simply hold down Alt & F4 on your keyboard. Not only does this close your current open application but when used on your desktop it closes down the windows you have open. What if you have no windows open? Well you get this option instead:
3. Setting your PC’s power button to shut down. Gone are the days where you had to worry about accidentally brushing the power button and releasing your computer into an impromptu shut down sequence. By simply going to your Start Screen and searching for the word “Power” in your settings you can access the option “Change what the Power Buttons do” you can now allow your computer to shut down safely by physically pressing it’s power button, the same way you would do to turn it on.
Hope this helps folks! See you at sea,