How do I shut down (turn off) my PC?
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In Windows 8 and Windows RT, there's really no need to shut down your PC completely—instead put it in sleep mode. This uses very little power, your PC starts up faster, and you’re instantly back to where you left off. You don’t have to worry that your battery will be drained because Windows automatically saves all your work and turns off the PC if the battery is too low.
For most laptops and tablets, sleep is the default shutdown mode, so all you need to do is close your lid or press the power button. If it isn't, you can change that.
To set sleep as the default shutdown option
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.).
Enter power, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Power options.
Do one of the following:
If you’re using a desktop or tablet, tap or click Choose what the power button does and under Power button settings, select Sleep and tap or click Save changes.
If you’re using a laptop, tap or click Choose what closing the lid does. Then, next to When I close the lid, choose what you want your laptop to do, both for when it's running on battery and when it's plugged in, and then tap or click Save changes.
When you’re ready to put your PC into sleep mode, just close your laptop's lid or press the power button on your desktop or tablet.
If you're going on vacation and don't plan to use your PC for a while, you might want to turn it off completely.
To turn off your PC completely
Close any desktop apps you have open—this will prompt you to save your work.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)
Tap or click Power, and then tap or click Shut down.