Shut down Windows 8 from the keyboard

Shut down Windows 8 by just pressing a key on your keyboard, pressing a button on your computer, or closing the lid on your laptop.

After a recent discussion with a friend of mine about getting used to using the [Windows] key on the keyboard in Windows 8 instead of pining away for the Start button, my friend asked about shutting down Windows. As the discussion heated up in a friendly manner, he snarkily said, \”There\’s no shut down key on the keyboard!\” As a quick retort, I said \”Well, there can be!\”

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I then told him that using a keyboard with programmable hot keys, one could easily configure a key on the keyboard to Shut down Windows 8. Even without such a keyboard, a plain old desktop shortcut can be configured to respond to a keyboard shortcut. As the discussion evolved, I also pointed out that you can shut down Windows 8 using the power button on your desktop PC or closing the lid on a laptop.

Later, I realized that while I had covered several ways to shut down Windows 8, I had not written an article about these techniques.

As you may remember, in How do I shut down Windows 8, Mark Kaelin showed you how to create shutdown shortcut that you can put on the desktop, the taskbar and on the Start screen. (While Mark\’s article was written during the Windows 8 Consumer Preview stage, the technique is still valid.) In Add a Shutdown menu to the Windows 8 desktop, I showed you how to recreate a reasonable facsimile of the Shut down pop-up menu on Windows 8\’s taskbar. Then, in Integrate a custom Shutdown menu into the Windows 8 Desktop context menu, I showed you how to how to add a very nice shut down menu to the desktop context menu.

However, shutting down Windows 8 can be simplified to just pressing a key on your keyboard, pressing a button on your computer, or closing the lid on your laptop. In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I\’ll show you how.

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