How to Shut Down Windows 10 using Cortana Voice Command

Cortana is the latest fast and efficient virtual voice search assistant from Microsoft that was launch with latest Windows 10. Cortana functionality includes many new features the best of which is the ability to detect voice commands accurately in any accent, it finds latest search result and displays them on the screen in matter of seconds. Cortana for Windows 10 has left other voice search assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Google Voice way behind when it comes to presenting accurate results. But there is one feature many hope would have been a part of Cortana experience, which is the functionality of shutting down PC with voice command. There is no in-built Cortana feature that allows users to Shut Down Windows 10 using Cortana voice command. However, in this post we are going to explain a simple method using which you can quickly shut down Windows 10 PC with voice command.

Following step-by-step guide below to shut down PC Windows with Cortana command.

How to Shut Down Windows 10 using Cortana Voice Command:

1- Open Windows Explorer, click the folder icon on the taskbar.

2- In Windows Explorer window go to c:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

3- On an empty space in the right window pane right-click and select new > shortcut from drop-down menu.

4- Create Shortcut windows will open. In the field under ‘Type the location of the item:’ type showdown.exe -s and hit the next button.

Note: In the command you just typed -s means that Windows will shutdown immediately when you give Cortana voice command. To delay the shutdown process, replace -s with lets say -t10 which will shutdown PC after the interval of ten seconds. You can enter any value in stead of 10 in the example.

For example, to shutdown Windows after 30 seconds of Cortana voice command enter type this: shutdown.exe -s -t30

5 – In the next window, keep the shortcut name as shutdown or change it to whatever you like when asked ‘what would you like to name the shortcut?’.

6 – Next hit the finish button.

Now open Cortana by clicking microphone icon in the search box on the taskbar and say ‘Hey Cortana’ followed by ‘Open shutdown’. This will shutdown Windows 10 PC/laptop via Cortana voice command.

Restart Windows 10 with Cortana Voice Command:

Follow steps 1-3 above. In the step 4 above, type shutdown.exe -r -t 00 (oo for immediate restart or type any number like 10 for restarting after 10 seconds) and click next. Name the shortcut such as Restart and hit the Finish button. Now Open Cortana as describe above and say ‘Hey Cortana Open Restart’.

We hope you liked this little trick. Do send us your feedback and ask for solutions to the problems you are facing with Windows 10 OS, we will do our best to come up with best possible solutions as soon as we can.

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