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Previously, we showed you how to have your computer start up at a certain time every day. That will save you time every day booting up your PC and keeping it fresh. This time, how to have your computer shut down at a certain time too! Saving you some money on your electric bill, and letting your computer rest for a few hours is a great added bonus.

 

How to shut down a PC at a certain time

Step 1 (XP):  Go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security (select “classic view” at the top right if you don’t see this) > Administrative Tools  and click on the Task Scheduler.

Step 1 (Windows 7):  Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools (select “small icons” at the top right if you don’t see this) and click on the Task Scheduler.

Step 1 (Windows 8):  Open your Control Panel > Administrative Tools (select “small icons” at the top right if you don’t see this) and click on the Task Scheduler.

Step 2: From the Action menu in Task Scheduler, click “Create Basic Task…”
Step 3: In the “Create Basic Task Wizard” windows that pops up, Type in a title and a description. Something basic like “PC Shutdown.”
Task Scheduler

Step 4: Click “Next.”

Step 5. On the “Task Trigger” screen, choose how often want the Shutdown PC to run. For a daily shutdown, click on “daily” and click the Next” button.

Step 6: On the “Daily” screen, enter the date and time you want your PC to shutdown. Click “Next.”

Task Scheduler Daily

Step 7: On the “Action” screen, choose “Start a program” and click “Next.”

Step 8: On the “Start a Program” screen, type C:WindowsSystem32shutdown.exe in the “Program/script” text field.

Step 9: In the Add arguments text field type /s.

Step 10: Click “Next.” and then “Finish”

How to shut down a Mac at a certain time

Step 1: Press the apple at the top left of your computer, and select “System Preferences”

shut down mac

Step 2: Click on “Energy Saver”

shut down mac

Step 3: Click on the “Schedule” button at the bottom right of your screen

shut down mac

Step 4: Check the second box, select “Shut Down”, and then set the frequency and time you would like the computer to turn on. Click OK and you are all set!

Set Mac to Shut Down

There you have it! Easy shut down on a schedule! This is something I highly recommend. Sure, leaving your PC on all the time doesn’t always hurt it, but having it shut down from time to time gives it a breather.

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Rutledge Daugette

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Founder of TechRaptor with a love of video games (B.S. in Game Programming) and technology. Started TechRaptor to create a place where people could come for quality content.