Windows 8 & Windows RT tutorial


Shut down, lock your PC, or sign out

When you’re done using your PC for a while, you can sign out, lock it, put it to sleep, or shut it down.

Shut down

In Windows 8 and Windows RT, there's really no need to shut down your PC completely. Instead, you can put it to sleep. 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. But, if you’re going to be away from your PC for a long time, you might want to turn it off completely. Here's how:

How to shut down
  1. Close any desktop apps you have open.

  2. 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.)

  3. Tap or click Power, and then tap or click Shut down.

Find out more about shutting down your PC.

Lock your PC

Locking your PC is a good option if you’ll be back soon. You'll have to enter your password when you come back, which helps keep your work more secure. The apps you were using will still be running, and everything will be just like you left it. Here’s how to lock your PC:

  1. Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer down), and then tapping or clicking Start.

  2. Tap or click your account picture in the upper-right corner, and then tap or click Lock.

Tip

  • You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows logo key+L) to lock your PC at any time.

To unlock your PC, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen (or press any key if you're using a keyboard) and then sign in.

Sign out

If you share a PC and someone else might be using it after you, you can sign out. Other people can still sign in if you just lock your PC, but signing out is a good idea if you might not be back right away. When you sign out of Windows, all of the apps you were using are closed, but the PC isn't shut down. Here's how to sign out:

How to sign out
  1. Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen and moving the mouse pointer down), and then tapping or clicking Start.

  2. Tap or click your account picture in the upper-right corner, and then tap or click Sign out.

Find out more about signing in and out of Windows.

Next steps

You’ve completed the Windows 8 and Windows RT tutorial—congratulations! Here are some links to other things you might want to explore next:

Install a printer

Connect a printer to your PC and start printing right away.

Add a device to a network

Connect a device to your network once you have it set up.

Transfer files and settings

Move your files and settings over from your old PC.

Access files from anywhere

Use SkyDrive to open and edit your docs from any PC.

Choose an email app

Choose the email app or service that's right for you.

Browse the web

Find your way around Internet Explorer 10.