One of my least favorite things about Windows 8 is having to perform mouse gymnastics to shut down or reboot. I have to drag the cursor to the bottom right or top right of the screen, wait for the Charms bar to pop up, click on "Settings," then "Power," then "Shut down" or "Restart." Half the time, my cursor flies across to my second display instead of hitting the Charms hot corner. Ugh.
In Windows 8.1, that maneuver will, thankfully, be a little easier. CNet News reports that Microsoft has added "Shut down" and "Restart" options to the power-user menu that pops up when you right-click the lower-left corner of the screen.
That menu already includes a treasure trove of shortcuts, from the Uninstall control panel to the Device Manager to the Run prompt. And since Microsoft is bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, the menu will now pop up whenever you right-click that button. It'll almost be like the old days! Only, you know, not quite, since Microsoft staunchly refuses to bring back the Start menu (or even a passable substitute).
Windows 8.1 will become available as a preview later today. The final version will be released later this year as a free update to Windows 8.
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