How to Shut Down Windows 10 PC

In this post, we’ll see how to shut down Windows 10 PC manually and automatically. Let’s get started.

Shut Down Windows 10 PC Manually

Method #1

Open the Start menu. Click on “Power” icon which is under the “Gear” icon.

Power icon showing options

Now, click on “Shut down” option to shut down PC.

Method #2

Press Alt + F4 (make sure you are on the Desktop) and you can see “Shut Down Windows” popup now.

In that popup, the “Shut down” option is selected by default.

Click on the “OK” button to shut down your computer.

Shut down option is selected

Method #3

Press Windows key + X (or right-click on Start button) to open Power User Menu.

Now, you can see “Shut down or sign out.” Hover your mouse over it, and you can see options.

Hovering mouse over Shut down or sign out showing options

Select “Shut down.”


You can do this method via keyboard shortcut too and here it is: Press Windows key + X + U + U.

Method #4

Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete, and then you can see the “Windows Security” screen.

There you can see the “Power” icon at the bottom right of the screen. Click on it.

Choose “Shut down.”

Method #5

You can turn off Windows 10 PC by pressing the physical power button or sleep button or by closing laptop lid. I’ve talked about it in this guide. Check it out.

Method #6

Launch Run. Type “slidetoshutdown” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

Now, you can see half of the lock screen. Just click on it, and your PC will get shut down.

Method #7

Launch Command Prompt.

Type “shutdown /s” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Command to shut down Windows 10 PC

You can see a popup which states that the action is initiated, and your computer will get shut down in the next few seconds.

You can use the above command in the below programs too:

Run Command

File Explorer Address Bar

Address Toolbar

Windows PowerShell

Task Manager (Click on File > Run new task in the Task Manager. Now, type the command in the “Create new task” box and then press “Enter”).

Method #8

Press Windows key + L, and you can see “Lock Screen.” Click on it.

Now, you can see “Sign in” screen where you can see “Power” icon at the bottom. Click on it.

Hit “Shut down.”


When you click on “Power” icon, you can see a menu, and that menu is called “Power menu.”

You can see the Power menu in the Start menu, “Windows Security” screen, and “Sign in” screen.

Shut Down Windows 10 PC Automatically

If you want to automatically shut down Windows 10 computer at a specific time (for once or repeatedly) without using any third-party software, then you can do it using any one of the following two methods.

Method #1

Launch Run Command. Type the following command in it:

shutdown -s -t 300

Command to automatically shut down PC at a specific time

The above command will turn off the computer automatically in 5 minutes (in the command, the 300 meant seconds, which is 5 minutes) from the time it is executed. Replace the 300 with the time duration you want.

Hit “OK” button to execute the command and you’ll see a confirmation popup.

Popup notifying when the PC will get shut down automatically


You can use the above command in any one of the following: Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell, Task Manager (In Task Manager, click File > Run new task), Address Toolbar, Address Bar of File Explorer.

If you wish to abort shut down, use the command “shutdown -a” (without double quotes) in the Run Command before the scheduled time.

Remember that the above command works only once. In other words, it cannot repeat automatically shutting down the computer at a specific time. However, the following method can.

Method #2

Launch Task Scheduler.

Find and click “Create Basic Task” from the right side of the screen.

In the “Create Basic Task Wizard” popup, enter the name and description (which is optional) for the task. Hit “Next.”

​Now, you can set the repeat frequency of the task. In this instance, my choice is “Daily” which is selected, by default. Hit “Next.”

Selected Daily option

​Here, you can set the date from which the task will start. Also, you can set time in which you want the PC to shut down automatically. If you wish, you can change the recurring days too. In this instance, I am only changing the time and leave the rest intact. Hit “Next.”

Set the preferred time

Now, you can see “Start a program” option is selected, by default. Click the “Next” button.

Start a program option is selected

Click on the “Browse” button and then choose the “shutdown.exe” file from the System32 folder. Add “/s” (without double quotes) in the “Add arguments (optional)” field. Click “Next.”

Program and argument is provided

You can see the overview of the task’s settings. Review it. If you are not OK with it, hit the “Back” button and make the changes as per your liking. If you are OK with it, click the “Finish” button.

Overview of task's settings

That is all. From now on, you will see this popup at the time you have scheduled.

Popup notifying that Windows will shut down in less than a minute

As the popup states, your PC will get shut down in less than a minute.


After the above popup shows, if you wish, you can use the command “shutdown -a” (without double quotes) in the Run Command Box to abort shut down.

To view the task: Click on “Task Scheduler Library” from the left side of the screen, and you can see the task you have created.

To edit the task: Right-click on the task and then select “Properties.” Now, you can edit the task as per your liking. Also, you can see many options there such as Security options, Settings, and Conditions. Play with them if you wish.

To delete the task: Right-click on the task and then select “Delete.” In the confirmation popup, click “Yes.”

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