How to Shutdown Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Desktop, Laptop Computer – All Possible Ways

Are you still looking for an easy or all methods to restart and shutdown Windows 8.1 and 8 computer?. You can use below 8 methods to restart or shutdown a Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 computer. Missing the Start Menu and start button is really one of the main interface change and difficulty we face with the latest Windows 8.1 Operating System especially when you used Windows 7, XP and Vista in the traditional way.

Without a start menu/button in Windows 8.1 and 8, it is slightly difficult to shutdown Windows 8.1/8 like before. Importance to mouse is given less in these Operating Systems.  If you are using Windows 8.1 on a ultrabook or tablet which can detect the touch sense, then shutting down will be easy like how we close apps on Windows 8.1. The below how to shutdown Windows 8.1 and 8 methods work well for mouse and keyboard users.

How to Shutdown Windows 8.1 and 8 Computer – Find Below 8 Methods

1) Try the default Way

No matter whether you are in metro or desktop view, you can move the cursor to top or bottom right corner (or Windows Key + C ) to get the slide out menu. Click Settings as shown below (or you can press Windows Key + I to get settings straightaway). Click  Power button and Shutdown.

slideout menupower button






2) Still Alt+F4 works

Like earlier Windows Operating Systems, you can use Alt+F4 keys to shutdown Windows 8 or 8.1 computer. The opened programs/windows should be minimized or closed to get the Windows 8.1 shutdown menu by these keys, otherwise Alt+F4 keys will try to close opened programs, files and windows only.

alt f4 shutdown

3) Ctrl+Alt+Del will work Too

You can use Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together to get the option to shutdown, restart or sleep your Windows 8.1 computer. Once you have pressed these keys you can see the power option at right side below corner as shown below. Select the action from there.

shutdown windows 8.1

4) Shutdown from Metro View ( Windows 8.1 only)

Windows 8.1 allows you to shutdown the PC from metro view as they have added few extra options on the home screen. When you click on the Windows button ( or Windows key in the keyboard), you will get the option.

Shutdown Windows 8.1 from metro view

5) Use the Power Switch of Desktop or Laptop Computer.

You can use the power switch of the desktop or laptop computer to shutdown Windows 8 easily.

You need to configure the power options under control panel to make this work.

Go to control panel, select ‘Power Options’ (change the control panel view to large or small icons). In desktop computers select ‘Choose what the power button do’ and in laptops select ‘Choose what closing the lid do’ options.

power button options

Select ‘Shut down’ option as shown below and save the changes.

power button shutdown select

Now you can shutdown Windows 8 by just pressing power switch. This could be harmful sometimes when someone accidently presses the power switch.

6) Hack the Start Menu and Shutdown

There are few third party applications available for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to get start menu and start button. By using this method you can shutdown Windows 8 desktop or laptop by start button.

Sysprobs earlier mentioned about ‘Win8StartButton’ here in this post. Once you have installed this third party tool to get start menu and start button, you can easily shutdown/Restart.


7) Command Prompt is Still Handy

If you like command prompt or PowerShell execution in Windows 8 and 8.1, then you can shutdown and restart Windows 8 easily from command prompt.

shutdown –t 0 –s   (to shutdown immediately) ( /t /s  /r also work)

shutdown –t 0 –r   (to restart immediately)( /t /s  /r also work)

You will find more options of shutdown command by pressing shutdown /?

shutdown command

8) Create Shortcut Icon Like a Pro – Using Commands

How about saving and running those commands (mentioned in step 5) in batch file or program shortcut? that would be very easy and nice.
Let’s create a shortcut icon and add it to task bar.
Right click on desktop and select new shortcut. Type shutdown –t 0 –s  if you like to create shutdown button. ( remember; shutdown will start immediately because of 0 seconds, –r  is for restart)

shutdown command shortcut entry

Give a name for the shutdown button.

button without icon

We have almost created a shortcut shutdown button in windows 8, but you can tweak it further to looks professional. Let’s change the icon and pin it to task bar.


Right click the icon and go to properties. Click Change icon and press OK for next message. Select an suitable icon for the shutdown button.

change iconicon for button

Now you should be seeing a proper power button on the desktop. Right click it and select ‘Pin to Taskbar’. Now you have a shutdown button in Windows 8.1 task bar.

win 8 shutdown button at taskbar

You could repeat the same steps for Restart button ( –r instead of –s) button too.

Definitely one of the above methods would be useful for how to shutdown Windows 8 or 8.1 desktop and laptop easily. If you have found any other ways (except third party tools), please let me know in comments area.

10 thoughts on “How to Shutdown Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Desktop, Laptop Computer – All Possible Ways”

  1. Hi,
    I think you are a Linux guy, because “-t” and “-s” are not working in windows 8. you have to replace “-” with “/” on windows.
    The correct ones are:
    for Shutdown:
    shutdown /t 0 /s
    and for Restart:
    shutdown /t 0 /s

  2. DINESH,

    You can press ‘CTRL’ + ‘ALT’ + ‘DELETE’ and then in the lower right hand corner, click on the Power button to Sleep, Shut down or Restart. 😉


  3. You can right click the Start button or hit Windows+X on Windows 8.1 to access a variety of shut down related options too.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions, they’ve been truly helpful.

    I don’t know why they had to make Windows 8 more complicated that Windows 7. I’m enjoying it though

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