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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.”
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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.”

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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”

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Step 2: Click on “Energy Saver”

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

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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!

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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

Founder & CEO

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.


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