How to put a Windows 8 machine to sleep

There seems to be a lot of hubbub on the net these days.  As with most new versions of Windows (and especially the Metro interface), folks have to search around to find the features they come to know and love.  Call it progress or call it annoying but finding functions is quite the exercise on the new Windows 8.

OK so how do you put a Windows 8 machine to sleep?  Here are the steps:

  1. Open up the charms bar by pressing winkey + C
  2. Click on settings
  3. Click on the “power button” icon
  4. Choose sleep

If sleep is not an entry in this menu, you will have to go to your control panel to power options and system settings (same screen as the “define power button settings screen).  Scroll to shutdown settings and ensure sleep is checked.

Alternatively you can also access sleep mode in this additional manner:

  1. Ctrl + Alt + Delete
  2. Click on the power icon in the lower right hand corner
  3. Choose sleep

If neither of these options work for you, you can also get to a shutdown screen by hitting Ctrl + F4 a couple of times to get to the screen and then choose sleep.

We decided to make things a lot easier for you.  Faronics Power Save 4.50 takes the sleep action and makes it accessible with one click.  Simply hover your mouse over the Power Save icon in the system tray and wait for the Eco-facts message to open; click on sleep.   Easy breezy!

Hey, we are big Microsoft fans here at Faronics, but sometimes you just have to make it simple.

Scott Cornell

When he’s not knee deep in blogging and all things tech, Scott spends his free time playing ultimate Frisbee and watching foreign films. An expert in emerging tech trends, Scott always has his ear to ground for breaking news related to IT security.