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Remember when you used to fall asleep while watching TV in the living room? If so, you probably used the Sleep Timer feature on your TV to automatically shut it off after an hour or so (to prevent it from playing all through the night).

Well, what if you don’t use a TV anymore Cut the Cord Forever With These 15 TV Streaming Channels Cut the Cord Forever With These 15 TV Streaming Channels Cable TV is in decline, as the internet provides cheap, on-demand entertainment. Here are 15 of the best TV streaming services to help you cut the cord. Read More ? Personally, I watch all of my entertainment on my laptop (used to be on my desktop before it died). Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a Sleep Timer option for the PC?


You could go into the Power & Sleep Settings of Windows, look under the section labelled Sleep, and change the relevant dropdown menu to however long you want to wait before the sleep kicks in.

However, most video players disable sleep during playback, so this often won’t work. The same is true for the auto-hibernate option. Plus, what if you only want a one-time sleep timer? Then it doesn’t make sense to set it up this way.


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The easiest solution is to launch the Command Prompt 9 Simple Tricks You Didn't Know Were Possible in Windows 9 Simple Tricks You Didn't Know Were Possible in Windows Windows has many simple tricks up its sleeve that are easily overlooked. Everything we show you here is native to Windows, no gimmicks. How many of these do you know? Read More and type in this command:

shutdown -s -t 3600

The -s parameter indicates that this should shut down your computer and the -t 3600 parameter indicates that there should be a delay of 3600 seconds, which equals 1 hour. Just by typing this command, you can quickly schedule a one-time shutdown — the perfect sleep timer.

You can even use this in a batch file How To Write A Simple Batch (.bat) File How To Write A Simple Batch (.bat) File Read More if you intend to do it regularly.

Can you think of another way to have a sleep timer on Windows? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Chris
    February 1, 2016 at 9:01 am

    There are many free utilities can help to setup shutdown schedule for your computers. :)

  2. Kelsey Tidwell
    January 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    The easiest sleep timer ever, assuming you're using aforementioned laptop:

    1) Unplug laptop, and let it run on the battery.

    2) Doze off.

    Do I win the prize? Hee hee.....

    • Joel Lee
      February 4, 2016 at 3:23 am

      Haha, that does work for laptops. Can't believe I didn't think of that. :)

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