How to Shut Down Windows 10 Using Only Your Voice

Ben Stegner 26-04-2016

Cortana can do a whole lot in Windows 10 6 Coolest Things You Can Control with Cortana in Windows 10 Cortana can help you go hands-free on Windows 10. You can let her search your files and the web, make calculations, or pull up the weather forecast. Here we cover some of her cooler skills. Read More . Voice control is really convenient, because you can do tasks in a few seconds that would normally take a half-dozen clicks. As great as Cortana is, though, you can make her do even more with a few tricks.


Once you’re set up Cortana, you can create your own custom shortcuts to shut down, log off, or restart your computer. Since she won’t do this by default, you’ll have to make a quick shortcut, but it’s a simple process.

No matter what action you want to make a voice command for, browse to:

C:\Users\<YOUR USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Once here, right-click and choose New Shortcut. In the location field, you can type a variety of commands 7 Common Tasks The Windows Command Prompt Makes Quick & Easy Don't let the command prompt intimidate you. It's simpler and more useful than you expect. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish with just a few keystrokes. Read More to log off or shut down, including any of their variants. For example, to shut down your computer after a ten second delay, type this in the shortcut field:

shutdown.exe -s -t 10

Shutdown.exe gets the process started; the -s command tells it to shut down and the -t 10 tells it to wait ten seconds before doing so. If you’d like to add a longer delay, feel free to change that number of seconds.


Simply name your shortcut something easy to say (like Shut Down), and then you can say “Hey Cortana, Open (or Launch, or Start) Shut Down”. She’ll run the process and shut down the PC for you!

Here are more commands you can add. Name them just like above and you’ll have every option available!

To restart:

shutdown.exe -r

To log off:

shutdown.exe -L

To hibernate:

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState

To put the computer to sleep:

rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

To lock the computer:

rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

To abort a shutdown:

shutdown.exe -a

What else do you use Cortana to do in Windows 10? Share your best tips below!

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Related topics: Microsoft Cortana, Voice Commands, Windows 10.

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  1. dmiosog
    October 10, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Ty. Task bar turned "off" on my second screen after, sleep mode...

  2. Fahad Khan
    July 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Well I encountered the same problem and windows defender fixed this issue, I scanned my hard drive and found three severe viruses that had been the culprit. Defender removed the viruses and my taskbar functionality was recovered after a restart.

  3. Steven
    November 10, 2016 at 6:48 am

    #1 t worked thks very much

  4. Steven
    November 10, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Number 1 worked thanks very much was getting annoyed with taksbar not working

    • Ben Stegner
      November 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      I'm glad this helped you, Steven!

  5. Cheryl
    October 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    None of those fixes worked for fixing my taskbar when it's non-responsive to clicks.