How to Schedule Turn Off Your Computer at Night

Auto Shutdown Windows 10

Sometimes you may need to sleep while some works are still ongoing on your computer. How then do you shut down the PC after work without disrupting your sleep? Read this article for answers.

Methods of Scheduling an Auto Shutdown

Methods of Scheduling an Auto Shutdown

There are four different methods of effecting an automatic shutdown for your computer. They include running a program, using the command prompt, using tripartite tools, and using a task scheduler. Let us go into the details of these different methods.


Method A: Use Run Program

This method is an easy step that can be completed by anyone. The steps involved include;

Step 1

You summon the Run program on your PC by pressing the Windows button and the “R” button simultaneously. When you do this, a box will appear on your computer screen.

PC Run program


Step 2

In the box, you will find an “Open” option. Inside the space provided for this option, type in the following command; “Shutdown -s-t 1000″. The parameter -s means scheduled power off, and -t indicates the time (in seconds) before the shutdown, and 1000 is the number of seconds before shutdown. Therefore, if you want your PC to shut down automatically after five minutes, you would type Shutdown -s -t 300”.

shutdown pc run


Step 3

After typing the command, your computer will run the command and show a box containing the information about the scheduled shutdown and the time scheduled for the shutdown.


Method B: Using a Task Scheduler

This is another simple way of scheduling an automatic shutdown on your computer. The steps involved include;

Step 1

Open the task scheduler tool. You can search for it if you don't know where it is.

Task Scheduler


Step 2

Select the “create basic task” option found on the right.

create basic task


Step 3

Type “Shutdown” as the name of the new task, and click on the “next” button.

Shutdown on Task Scheduler


Step 4

You will be required to choose the frequency of the task from a list of cascaded options. Your best option, in this case, is “one-time.”

Task Scheduler cascaded options


Step 5

Select the start time and click “Next.”

Task Scheduler start time


Step 6

Start the program and click next.

Task Scheduler Start the program


Step 7

Go to the “browse “option, go to this file directory Disk C/Windows/System32, and open the shutdown file.

Task Scheduler browse option


Step 8

After opening, enter -s as an argument in the file and click next.

Task Scheduler argument in the file


Step 9

Go over the parameters and information provided before clicking Finish.

Task Scheduler Finish option


Method C: Using Command prompt

This method is almost the same as method A. in this case, you open the command prompt shell and input the command “Shutdown -s -t 1000”. The parameters for this command remain the same as the first one.

Steps Involved

Step 1

Launch the command prompt shell by pressing the Windows button and search for the command prompt. Right-click on the option and run as administrator.

command prompt run as administrator


Step 2

After opening the command prompt shell, input this command “Shutdown -s -t 1000″. The parameter -s means scheduled power off, and -t indicates the time (in seconds) before the shutdown, and 1000 is the number of seconds before shutdown. Therefore, if you want your PC to shut down automatically after five minutes, you would type Shutdown -s-t 300”.

command prompt Shutdown command


Step 3

After typing the command, your computer will run the command and show a box containing the information about the scheduled shutdown and the time scheduled for the shutdown.

command prompt scheduled shutdown


Method D: Using Tripartite Software

The last method involves the use of tripartite software. These are third-party softwares that allows you to control some tasks on the computer. An example is wisecleaner. Wisecleaner is a free tool that provides scheduled shutdown, sleep, and log-off functionalities for computers.

Wise Auto Shutdown

Another tool that performs this same function is the sleep timer software. This tool is designed specifically for music lovers who fall asleep while playing music on their computers. However, you can also use it to schedule a shutdown for your computers when running other tasks.


FAQs About Auto Shutdown

Can automatic shutdown be canceled after setting?

Yes, you can. All you need to do is run the command “shutdown-a, and the automatic shutdown will be canceled.

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