Shut down or Restart Windows 8 from Remote Desktop

Here is how you can quickly and easily Shut down or Restart a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 computer. This works when logged in locally and when logged in via Remote Desktop.

  1. Navigate to the desktop.  Note: When logged in locally, pressing the Windows key will quickly toggle between the desktop and the start screen. When logged in via Remote Desktop, you will need to press Alt + Home to toggle.
  2. Press Alt + F4. This will present the Shut Down Windows dialog allowing you to Switch user, Sign out, Sleep, Shut down, or Restart the computer.
    Mac users: For those of you remoting in from a Mac, the keys are:  fn + Control + Command + F4

Below are examples of the Shut Down Windows dialog when logged in locally and when logged in via Remote Desktop.

Shut Down Windows dialog when logged in locally

Shut Down Windows dialog when logged in via Remote Desktop

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