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Shut Down Windows 8.1

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How to Shut Down Windows 8.1: Overview

            This blog post shows you how to shut down Windows 8.1. When you shut down Windows 8.1 on your computer, it is very important to do it properly. Do not simply unplug the computer or interrupt its power source! Doing so could possibly corrupt the information in your computer!

            To properly shut down Windows 8.1 on your computer, display the Start screen or Desktop and then open the Charm Bar at the right side of the screen. Then click the “Settings” button to display the “Settings” pane. Click the “Power” button at the bottom of the “Settings” pane to view a pop-up menu of shutdown choices. To shut down the computer, select the “Shut down” command from the pop-up menu.

            Alternately, to shut down Windows 8.1 on your computer, right-click the “Start” button and then roll your mouse pointer over the “Shut down or sign out” command within the pop-up menu that appears. You can then click the shutdown choice that you want to perform in the side menu that appears: “Sign out,” “Sleep,” Shut down,” or “Restart.” Selecting “Sign out” will sign you out of the current account on the computer. Selecting “Sleep” will cause the computer to hibernate. Selecting “Shut down” will shut down the computer. Selecting “Restart” will shut down the computer and then immediately restart it.

            If you choose the “Shut down” command, note that it may take a few moments before Windows 8.1 will shut down entirely, so be patient. Once Windows has completely powered off and the computer is shut down, then it is permissible to shut off the power supply for the computer or unplug it, if necessary.

How to Shut Down Windows 8.1: Instructions

  1. Do not simply unplug the computer or interrupt its power source! Doing so could possibly corrupt the information in your computer!
  2. To shut down Windows 8.1 on your computer, display the Start screen or Desktop and open the Charm Bar at the right side of the screen.
  3. Click the “Settings” button to display the “Settings” pane.
  4. Click the “Power” button at the bottom of the “Settings” pane to view a pop-up menu of shutdown choices.
  5. To shut down the computer, select the “Shut down” command from the pop-up menu.
  6. An alternate way to shut down Windows 8.1 on your computer is to right-click the “Start” button and then roll your mouse pointer over the “Shut down or sign out” command within the pop-up menu that appears.
  7. Click the shutdown choice you want to perform in the side menu that appears: “Sign out,” “Sleep,” Shut down,” or “Restart.” Selecting “Sign out” will sign you out of the current account on the computer. Selecting “Sleep” will cause the computer to hibernate. Selecting “Shut down” will shut down the computer. Selecting “Restart” will shut down the computer and then immediately restart it.
  8. If you choose the “Shut down” command, note that it may take a few moments before Windows will shut down entirely, so be patient. Once Windows has completely powered off and the computer is shut down, then it is permissible to shut off the power supply for the computer or unplug it, if necessary.

How to Shut Down Windows 8.1: Video Lesson

            The video shown below, titled “1.14- Shutting Down Windows” shows how to shut down Windows 8.1. This video is from our Windows 8.1 tutorial, named “Mastering Windows Made Easy v.8.1.” You can see a picture of the training interface shown below the video lesson.

Shut Down Windows 8.1- A Tutorial: A picture of the "Mastering Windows Made Easy v.8.1" training interface.

Shut Down Windows 8.1- A Tutorial: A picture of the “Mastering Windows Made Easy v.8.1” training interface.
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