How to Schedule Shutdown in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to schedule a task to automatically shutdown Windows 11 computer at specific time. If you want to have your computer automatically shutdown at a given time, Windows allows you to create a task and schedule it to shutdown your computer.

In some environments, users may forget to shutdown their computer at the end of the day. Keeping one’s computer on allows it to receive important updates and patches from Microsoft. However, computers also use a lot of energy when stay powered on for long time.

You can have your computer receive update, but also shutdown automatically at a specific time so that it doesn’t stay on all day using energy that could be used elsewhere. The steps below will show you how to do that when using Windows 11.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading out posts on it.

To get started with scheduling Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to automatically turn off Windows 11 computer

As mentioned above, it’s important to keep Windows 11 on to receive important updates. However, keeping your computer on forever may not be a good thing for your energy bills. You can schedule your computer to shutdown automatically so that energy isn’t wasted.

To do that, go to the Start menu, then search for and select “Task Scheduler” app as shown in the image below.

windows 11 task scheduler

When Task Scheduler opens, click on Task Scheduler Library and on the right pane, click Create Task.. as highlighted below.

schedule shutdown windows 11

A new pop up settings pane should open up. On the General tab, type in a name for the task, a description (optional), select to “Run whether user is logged on or not” and “Run with highest privileges“. All highlighted below.

Then select “Configure for: Windows 10 or Windows 11

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Next, select the Triggers tab. Then click the New. button.

schedule windows 11 shutdown triggers

On the pop up settings pane, select task to begin “On a schedule“, then choose “Daily” for the task to run. Choose the Start date and time, and task should recur every “1” days.

Also check the Enabled box as the bottom to enable the task. Click OK to close the trigger settings.

windows task schedule to shutdown computer

Next, click the Actions tab, and click the New. button.

windows 11 shutdown computer action

A new actions pop up settings pane should appear. There, select “Start a program” for the action. Under Program/script: type in shutdown.exe with arguments: /s /t 60 “Computer will shutdown in 60 seconds”.

Program/script: shutdown.exe

Add arguments (optional): /s /t 60 “Computer will shutdown in 60 seconds”

Click OK to save settings.

windows 11 shutdown actions screen updated

Next, select the Conditions tab. Then uncheck the box the reads “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” and check the box for “Wake the computer to run this task“. Click OK to exit.

windows 11 schedule shutdown conditions

When you click OK on the last screen, it will prompt you to type your account password to save the task. Retype your password and click OK.

windows 11 task scheduler password promopt

Once finished, a new task should be created with the settings you created above.

windows 11 complete task scheduler shutdown

That’s it!

If you change your mind about shutting your PC automatically, simply log back to Task Scheduler and delete the task.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to schedule a task in Windows to automatically shutdown the computer as specific time. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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