Your new Shut down menu will now appear on the right edge of the taskbar, as shown in Figure L. You can leave it there or you can move it to the far left if you want. For me it works best on the right side of the taskbar. Regardless of where you place it, you can now quickly and easily Shut down, Restart, Lock, Log off, Hibernate, or Switch user right from the Windows 8 desktop.
If you combine this technique with custom Start button technique and the boot straight to the desktop trick, you'll basically have a Windows 7 style interface in Windows 8 without having to use any third-party utilities.
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