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.
- 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.
- 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.