One of the first problems I had with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was figuring out how to shutdown my netbook. Sure, you can click on your name, Sign out, and then shutdown, but there’s got to be a faster way. Hitting up the Windows forum, I quickly found this post:
The friendliest way to shutdown your Windows 8 machine is most likely from the Charm settings menu, accessible by pressing the Windows Key and I at the same time. From there, click the power icon:
Then there’s the classic, “Three finger salute” of pressing Ctrl, Alt, and Delete at the same time. Apart from offering Lock and Logout options, the Power button is also available in the bottom-right corner.
Other, more technical, suggestions I read included making a shortcut to the shutdown.exe executable located in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. But that seems less than elegant.
Personally, I think the best way to shutdown is by modifying the Advanced Power Options so that quickly tapping the power button just initiates the shutdown process:
How do you shutdown your Windows 8 PC?
EDITED on 03/20/12 to include Ctrl + Alt + Del, redact Windows Key + F