Finally, I gave up and did a "hard" shutdown. Since I'd installed Windows 8 with Windows 7 as a dual boot system, I went back to booting into Windows 7 and started to pick up information on 8.
A friend gave me the URL to Eight Forums, and I've learned a lot here. BUT! If it hadn't been for this forum, I would still be stumbling around in Windows 8, not being able to find my butt with both hands.
Windows 8 is NOT INTUITIVE! And I'm here to tell you that I, personally, need to know more than how to press a power button and the Windows key when neither have been necessary or important to my computing skills in the past. What about the little "all apps" button at the lower right of the monitor? Once it's discovered, the most gosh-awful-convoluted list of apps comes up that has no rhyme or reason . . . MS Office, which should have Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Access has a list of 15 (count 'em) "apps" to choose from. Gimme a break!
Sometimes "one size fits all" doesn't work. When I was a 98 lb weakling, that same "one size" just hung off my skinny frame and I looked horrible. Pretty good analogy to hang onto Windows 8, because my computer certainly isn't a tablet (I have a Kindle HD for that) nor a smartphone (can you see putting my monitor up to my ear to answer a phone call?). Nor do I wish to stretch my arm all the way across my desk to leave a greasy smear on my monitor to open an app.
Windows 8 is absolutely not a "one size fits all" kind of OS and Microsoft made a huge mistake by trying to force it on us.
Does that mean I hate Windows 8? In the beginning, ABSOLUTELY I did, but I'm getting used to it and I can put up with it until the 8.1 upgrade is released on Oct. 18. Does that mean I'll love it? Nope, probably not. However, I will customize it and make it my own, even if I have to put one of those unnecessary menu apps on my computer.
</climbing down from stump>