How to Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10

It’s very common for people to forget to shut down their PCs. And the computer keeps draining the battery for no good reason. In such cases, automatic shutdown can be helpful. But, Windows 10 doesn’t provide any native options to schedule automatic shutdown.

So, we will use the Windows built-in Task Scheduler tool to shut down your computer at a specified time. You can even use Task Scheduler to automatically shut down your computer on any specific event from the event log. The process is also straightforward.

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Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10 using Task Scheduler

Task Scheduler can also be used to automate other tasks, programs, scripts, etc. But in this tutorial, we are going to use Task Scheduler to automate Windows 10 shutdown at a specific time. So, let’s check the steps.

Step 1: Open Task Scheduler in Windows 10

Search for task scheduler on Start and open Task Scheduler from the search results.

Open Task Scheduler From Start Menu In Windows 10
Open Task Scheduler from the Start Menu in Windows 10

Step 2: Click ‘Create Basic Task’

After opening Task Scheduler, select Task Scheduler Library from the left pane. Now, you will see the list of all the tasks already created in the middle pane.

Click Create Basic Task… on the right pane to create a new task which we will use to schedule automatic shutdown in Windows 10.

Click Create Basic Task In Task Scheduler
Click Create Basic Task in Task Scheduler

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Step 3: Name Your Task

Now, the Create Basic Task wizard will start. On the first page, you will need to provide a name for your task. We have named our task as Automatic Shutdown as we are going to schedule an automatic shutdown. You can also provide an optional description of your task.

Type Name For The Task And Click Next
Type the Name for the Task and click Next

Step 4: Select Schedule and Time for your Automatic Shutdown Task

After you click Next, the wizard will move to the Trigger tab. Here, select Daily and click Next.

Select Daily To Trigger The Task Daily To Schedule Automatic Shutdown
On the Trigger tab, select Daily and click Next

Now, you will see an option to select the Start date and time for your task. So, select the date and time when you wish to trigger the automatic shutdown. You can also set the frequency of the task, which is set to recurring every 1 day for daily tasks.

In this tutorial, we have set the schedule for automatic shutdown at 11:00 PM every day.

Set The Time To Schedule Automatic Shutdown In Windows 10
Set the Time to schedule Automatic Shutdown

Step 5: Set Shutdown Program to Run on Schedule

Now, you will be on the Action tab. Select Start a program and click Next.

Select Start A Program On Action Tab And Click Next
Select Start A Program on the Action tab and click Next

It’s time to set the actual program which will trigger automatic shutdown at the scheduled time. We will use the Windows native shutdown.exe command.

So, type shutdown.exe in Program/script: field and type /s /f /t 60 in Add arguments (optional): field.


/sShut down the computer. You can use the /r switch to reboot the computer.
/fForce close all running programs.
/t 60Shut down in 60 seconds. You can set time according to your requirements
Start Shutdown Program At Scheduled Time
Set shutdown.exe to shutdown your computer

Step 6: Click Finish to Create the Task

Finally, click Finish to close the wizard. Our task is now ready to perform automatic shutdown on the selected schedule.

Click Finish To Create The Task for Automatic Shutdown your PC on Schedule
Click Finish to create the Task

Step 7: Test the Automatic Shutdown Task

You will see your newly created task in the Task Scheduler library. It will run automatically on the time we have selected in the schedule. But you can also run it right now if you wish to test it. Make sure to close all your programs before testing the task.

Simply, right-click on our Automatic Shutdown task and select Run to run it now.

Right Click On The Automatic Shutdown Task And Select Run To Run The Task
Right-click on the Task and select Run

Automating Shutdown in Windows 10 using Task Scheduler

Now, this Automatic Shutdown task will run every day at the scheduled time we have selected. You can always change the task schedule or other settings from task properties. Simply, right-click on it and select Properties. Then, you can make the necessary changes to it. Besides that, you can also Disable or Delete the task when no longer required.

Hope you won’t have any trouble following this tutorial. However, if you face any issues or have any questions, you can write them down in the comments down below. You can also subscribe using your email ID and get the latest tutorials directly into your inbox.

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