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    Lock, Log off, Restart, Shut Down, Switch User - Windows 8

    Lock, Log off, Restart, Shut Down, Switch User - Windows 8
    How to Lock, Hibernate, Restart, Shut Down, Sign out, Sleep, and Switch User in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    20 Sep 2011
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    How to Lock, Hibernate, Restart, Shut Down, Sign out, Sleep, and Switch User in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you the different ways to Hibernate, Lock, Restart, Sign out (Log off), Shut Down, and Switch User in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    Note   Note
    The Windows 8.1 Update released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, adds a Power button on the Start screen, and to "Shut down or Sign out" in the WIN+X power user tasks menu.





    OPTION ONE
    From User Details on Your Start Screen

    1. While on your Start screen, click/tap on either your user name or picture tile to select the Lock, Sign out (Log off), or switch user option. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE:If you are not in the Start screen as below, you can press the Windows key CTRL+ESC keys or to go to it. A user to switch to will not be available unless you have already added the user account.

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    OR

    2
    . While on your Start screen in Windows 8.1 Update, click/tap on the Power button at the top right to select to Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down or Restart. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: To add or remove Sleep and/or Hibernate, see:
    How to Add or Remove "Sleep" or "Hibernate" from the Power Options Menu in Windows 8

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    OPTION TWO
    From CTRL+ALT+DEL Screen

    1. Press the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys. From here you can select to Lock, Switch user, Sign out (Log off), or you could click/tap on the power button at the bottom right corner to select to Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down or Restart.

    NOTE: To add or remove Sleep and/or Hibernate, see:
    How to Add or Remove "Sleep" or "Hibernate" from the Power Options Menu in Windows 8

    Click image for larger version






    OPTION THREE
    From "Shut Down Windows" Dialog Box

    1. While on the Desktop (Windows+D), press the ALT+F4 keys. From here, you can select to Switch user, Sign out (Log off), Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down, or Restart.

    NOTE: This can only be done from on the desktop. It will not work on the Start screen. To add or remove Sleep and/or Hibernate, see: How to Add or Remove "Sleep" or "Hibernate" from the Power Options Menu in Windows 8

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    OPTION FOUR
    From "Power" Menu in Settings Charm

    1. Open the Charms bar, and click/tap on Settings.

    NOTE: You could also just press the Windows+I keys to open Settings in step 2 below.

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    2. Click/tap on the Power [/SIZE]button at the bottom right corner in the Settings slide out menu. From here, you can select to Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down or Restart.

    NOTE: To add or remove Sleep and/or Hibernate, see: How to Add or Remove "Sleep" or "Hibernate" from the Power Options Menu in Windows 8

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    OPTION FIVE
    From Sign in Screen

    1. Click/tap on the Power button at the bottom right corner in the Settings slide out menu. From here, you can select to Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down or Restart.

    NOTE: To add or remove Sleep and/or Hibernate, see:
    How to Add or Remove "Sleep" or "Hibernate" from the Power Options Menu in Windows 8

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    Click image for larger version






    OPTION SIX
    From Task Manager

    1. Open Task Manager, and click/tap on More details.

    2. Click/tap on the Users tab. From here, you can select a signed in user to Sign out or Switch user. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: You must have more than one user signed in for Switch user to be available.

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    3. When finished, you can close Task Manager.







    OPTION SEVEN
    From Win+X Power Users Tasks Menu in Windows 8.1

    1. Open the Win+X Power Users Tasks menu, and click on Shut down or press the U key to expand Shut down. (see screenshot below)

    2. From here, you can select to Sign out, Sleep, Hibernate, Shut down or Restart Windows 8.1.

    Note   Note
    To add or remove Sleep and/or Hibernate, see: How to Add or Remove "Sleep" or "Hibernate" from the Power Options Menu in Windows 8

    If you shut down from the WIN+X menu in Windows 8.1, it will perform a full shut down even if you have Fast Startup turned on.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Thank you for that, Brink. Can I add another couple?
    In Control Panel/Power Options, you can set what the Power Buttons do, Sleep/Hibernate/Shutdown (as you always could). What I have only recently learned is that a quick tap on a modern soft touch power button will start the process just the same as all the other ways.
    I also use a desktop gadget for Restarting. There are a few that look the same as this but do not have a protective screen over the buttons to prevent accidental use.

    Cheers
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    Hello Rob,

    Sure you can. The more ways shown that are included in Windows 8 the better.
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    Thank you Derek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Thank you Derek.
    You're welcome, Thanks for adding the links.
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    Check in your Control Panel/Power Options, press the keyboard SLEEP button (if available), I use a handy little desktop gadget -
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    Quote Originally Posted by rowal5555 View Post
    Check in your Control Panel/Power Options, press the keyboard SLEEP button (if available), I use a handy little desktop gadget -
    Windows Live Gallery
    Thanks for your answer.
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    very helpful tutorial..thanks.
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