How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 (PC/Laptop)

By | December 18, 2021
How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10

This tutorial contains a guide on how to automatically shutdown in Windows 10 (PC/Laptop). Windows 10 may not yet offer a one-click solution to schedule automatic shutdown, but you can still enable that option without much technical knowledge.

And today, we are going to show you how to turn off your Windows 10 PC automatically with a timer. There are several ways that you can use for automatic shutdown in Windows 10 (PC/Laptop), including you can use the Command Prompt, create shutdown shortcuts and third-party applications. This feature will come in handy if you want to keep your kid’s play under control or turn off your PC automatically when you fall asleep while watching Netflix movies.

These three methods have their respective advantages, so you need to try all three for yourself to see which one suits your needs better. So without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 (PC/Laptop)

  1. How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 Using Command Prompt
  2. How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 Using Desktop Shortcuts
  3. How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 Using Third-party Apps

1. How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

The easiest way to schedule an automatic shutdown in Windows 10 (PC/laptop) is to use the Command Prompt. Here’s the process:

First, open Command Prompt in Admin mode on your Windows 10 computer. To do that, type cmd in the Windows Search Bar and click
Run as administrator.

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Now type shutdown -s -t [seconds] in cmd and press Enter. Make sure to replace [second] with the actual number of seconds you want your PC to stay ‘On’ before shutting down.

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PS: In this example, we enter 300 seconds, which means the PC will shut down in 5 minutes. You can enter 600 if you want a 10 minute timer, 1800 if you want a half hour timer, and so on.

To cancel the shutdown timer, you can use the following command: shutdown -a. a stands for abort. You will get a notification saying that the shutdown has been aborted.

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2. How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 Using Desktop Shortcuts

You can also use a desktop shortcut to turn off your Windows 10 PC automatically using a timer. For that, you can use the same command as before, but wrap it in a shortcut. This will allow you to activate the off timer with a double click at any time and any time without having to fiddle with the Command Prompt. Follow the steps below:

To create a shortcut, right click on an empty area of ​​your desktop. Then, select New -> Shortcuts.

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Wizard Create Shortcut will now open. Type or copy and paste the previous command: shutdown -s -t [seconds] and click Next. Make sure to choose the time frame that best suits your needs. We use 300 seconds (5 minutes) for demo purposes. You can create multiple shortcuts with different timers for later use.

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Keep the default name for the shortcut (shortcut.exe) or input one, such as shutdown-5min.exe, to make it easier for you to identify the timer. Finally, click Finish to create an off timer shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop. You can double click this at any time to start the countdown timer.

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3. How to Automatically Shutdown in Windows 10 Using Third-party Apps

You can also use third-party utilities to schedule automatic shutdown using a timer on Windows 10. The best app for this is Shutdown Timer Classic which is free and open-source and available on GitHub. You can even download the portable version, which means you don’t even need to install it on your system.

The app has an intuitive GUI which ensures you don’t have to do any calculations (translating minutes or hours into seconds) to set the timer to off every time.

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Shutdown Timer Classic allows you to choose among all standard Windows shutdown options, including Restart, Hibernate, Sleep, Logout, and Lock. You can also specify whether to force close the app or not.

Once the countdown starts, you will get a timer on the desktop. This will ensure that you know how much time you have before your computer shuts down, giving you enough time to save your work. You can cancel the shutdown process at any time by simply closing the timer window.

Downloads: Shoutdown Timer

It’s not every day that you need a timer to shut down your Windows 10 PC, but as you can see, you have that option if you need to.

Those are three ways to automatically shutdown a Windows 10 PC. Hopefully this article is useful for you, thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

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