How to Schedule your Windows 10 PC for Shutdown automatically


Usually, all users shut down their computer manually, but you can also schedule your computer for shutdown automatically. Sometimes you leave your computer on and go out, or maybe you forget to turn off the system at your office or any other place. That time you’ll definitely want to use this feature. Thus if you want to do this on your Windows 10 PC, then use the below given simple methods.

Source – Windows 10

Some easy methods to schedule your Windows 10 PC for shutdown automatically

1.    Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Run.

2.    Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Command prompt.

3.    Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Task Scheduler.

4.    Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Powershell.

Here are the stepwise instructions to schedule your Windows 10 PC for shutdown automatically:

Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Run

This is the easiest and shortcut method to scheduling time for Auto Shutdown your Windows 10 PC. With this method, you can directly set the time for automatically shutdown system when you want. You can directly open Run command and set a time. Here is how to do this,

1.    Enter ‘Run’ into the Start Menu search box.

2.    And select ‘Run’ program from the results to launch Run box.

Or

Directly use the shortcut ‘Windows + R’ button on your keyboard to launch Run box.

3.    Type ‘shutdown-s-t Number of seconds’ into the field front of text OPEN.

In place of Number of seconds input seconds in digit for automatic shutdown. Just like, “shutdown-s-t 1800” to shut down your computer in 30 minutes.

4.    After that click on the ‘OK’ button. You’ll also see a confirmation window on your screen.

Now, your computer will shut down automatically after the set time.

Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Command prompt

This is also slightly different from the above method. You can use this method if you’re facing any problem in scheduling from the Run dialog box.

1.    Enter ‘Command Prompt’ into the Start Menu search box.

2.    And right-click on ‘Command Prompt’ program from the results.

3.    And select ‘Run as Administrator’ to launch it.

4.    Click on ‘Yes’ on the prompted window to permit Command Prompt to make changes to your device.

5.    Type the same command ‘shutdown-s-t Number of seconds’.

In place of Number of seconds input seconds in digit for automatic shutdown. Just like, “shutdown-s-t 1800” to shut down your computer in 30 minutes.

6.    And hit ‘Enter’.

Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Task Scheduler

1.    Enter ‘task scheduler’ into the Start Menu search box.

2.    And select ‘task scheduler ‘ from the results to launch.

3.    Go to ‘Actions’ pane at the right side of the screen and click on ‘Create a Basic Task..’

4.    Type ‘Shutdown’ in the Name field. You can give any name you want.

5.    And click on ‘Next’.

6.    Select an option (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, One time, etc.) for ‘When do you want the task to start?’.

7.    Set a time to start the task and then click on ‘Next’.

8.    Click on ‘Start a program’ in Action and again click on ‘Next’.

9.    Now, click on ‘Browse..’ and navigate to ‘Disk C/Windows/System32’.

10.    Select the ‘Shutdown .exe file’ and click ‘Open’.

11.    Type ‘-s’ into the Add arguments field.

12.    Click on ‘Next’ button.

13.    At last click on ‘Finish’ to activate.

Scheduling Auto Shutdown from Powershell

1.    Enter ‘PowerShell’ into the Start Menu search box.

2.    And select ‘Windows PowerShell‘ from the results to launch PowerShell.

Or

Right click on ‘Start’ icon and choose ‘Windows PowerShell (Admin)’.

3.    Type the same command ‘shutdown-s-t Number of seconds’.

In place of Number of seconds input seconds in digit for automatic shutdown. Just like, “shutdown-s-t 1800” to shut down your computer in 30 minutes.

4.    And hit ‘Enter’.

Now, your computer will shut down automatically after the set time.

Micheal Ricky is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.