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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Shutting Down Windows for the Night

When you’ve stood just about all you can stand of your computer for one day, it’s time to close up shop. Please tape the following to your cat’s forehead so that you never forget it: never, I repeat, never, turn off your computer’s power while Windows 8 is running. Doing so can lead to data loss, a trashed configuration, and accelerated hair loss that those new pills won’t prevent.

Now that I’ve scared the daylights out of you, let’s see the proper procedure for shutting down your computer:

1. In the Windows 8 Start screen, move the mouse pointer to the upper-right corner of the screen. If you’re using a tablet, place your finger on the right edge of the screen and swipe left. The Windows 8 Charms menu appears. ...

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