Use Cortana to Restart, Log Off or Shutdown Windows 10 computer

 

When Cortana made its debut on Windows 10 PCs, it generated much enthusiasm among Windows loyalists. It was touted as more than a simple search feature. The digital voice assistant helped make things simpler. However, one feature that largely remained out of the requests by users was ability of Cortana to be able to shut down computers. This article covers this shortcoming of Cortana. and shows readers how they can use Cortana to restart, log off or shutdown their Windows 10 PC, by creating shutdown, restart, log off shortcuts.

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Shut down Windows 10 using Cortana

Having set up Cortana, open Windows File Explorer and navigate to the following location:

C:Users<username>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms

Now you have to create a shortcut here. So, right-click inside this Programs folder and select the New Shortcut option.

In the location field that appears on the computer screen, type the following:

shutdown.exe -s -t 10

This will initiate the shut down process after 10 seconds.

If you wish to shut down right away, simply use:

shutdown.exe -s

Name the Shortcut Shut Down.

Once you are done with creating the shortcut, say Hey Cortana and then say, Open Shut Down. You can use Open, Start or Launch voice commands.

Following this action, you’ll see Windows initiate the shut down process.

Use Cortana to Restart Windows 10

If you would like to restart your Windows 10 computer using Cortana, you can use this command –

shutdown.exe -r

and name it as Restart.

Now say Hey Cortana and then Open Restart. Again, here too you can use Open or even Start or Launch voice commands.

You PC will restart.

Log off Windows 10 using Cortana

If you would like to log off your Windows 10 computer using Cortana, you can use this command –

shutdown.exe -L

and name it as Log Off.

Now say Hey Cortana and then Open Log Off. Here too you can use Open or even Start or Launch voice commands.

You can also add other new voice commands to Cortana with Cortanium app.

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