If you are unable to turn off the computer manually for some reason, you may want to schedule a shutdown. This is extremely useful if you let your computer do something at night or if you have to leave the computer for a few hours while you do some chores. So let’s answer the question, how do I plan a shutdown on Windows 10?
Method 1 – Use the Run, Command Prompt, or PowerShell dialog box to plan a shutdown
To do this, you need to use the Run, Command Prompt, or PowerShell dialog box. The command is the same for any of them. To start the Run dialog, press Windows key + R. If you want to run Command Prompt or PowerShell, you can search for it from the Search bar. Now all you have to do is type in the Run, Command Prompt, or PowerShell dialog box and press Enter:
Shutdown -s -t 600
We must mention that 600 represents the number of seconds, so in this example, your computer will automatically shut down after 10 minutes. You can experiment with different values and set the one you want.
Method 2 – Use Task Scheduler to schedule a shutdown
If you want more control over one shutdown schedule, you should use Task Scheduler. To set up the shutdown schedule using a Task Scheduler, do the following:
- Start Task Scheduler. You can start it by going to Start Menu type schedule in the Search bar and choosing Schedule tasks.
- When the Task Scheduler opens, click Create Basic Task.
- Enter a name for your task, e.g., Shutdown.
- Now choose When you want the job to start. In our case, we will select Once.
- Now enter the time and date when the task will be performed.
- Next select Start a Program.
- Click the Browse button and go to C: Windows System32 and select a file with a shutdown name. Then click Open.
- Now right in the Add arguments field add -s, and then click Next.
- You will now see mission information. You can recheck it one last time and if you’re happy with your settings, click Finish to schedule a shutdown.
That is, you now know how to plan a shutdown in Windows 10. If you have any questions, visit the comments below.