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I can't find the 'shut down' option anywhere...

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You have to press the Alt key while menu is open, to show the Power Off... option.

I know, that’s a weird decision from GNOME Shell designers...

See cheat sheet for GNOME Shell at GNOME Wiki.

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of course! How completely stupid of me to even need to ask! /sarcasm :D – Michael Robinson Oct 4 '11 at 19:21

By default, there's no shutdown entry in the status menu and you must press and hold Alt to be able to shutdown your computer when using GNOME Shell. But this can be changed by installing Alternative Status Menu extension which adds "Power off" and "Hibernate" to the status menu, visible at all time (and not just when pressing the ALT key). Install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu


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