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How to Shut Down Windows 10 with a Cortana Voice Command

Ever wish you could just say, "Hey Cortana, shut down my computer" and have it work? There's no built-in way to use voice control to shut down your computer, but there is an easy workaround. You just need to create a shortcut and then open that shortcut with Cortana.

To create the shut down shortcut:

1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to: C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.

2. Right-click on an empty space in the right pane and select New > Shortcut.

3. In the location field, enter "shutdown.exe -s" (without the quotes)

If you don't want the computer to shut down immediately add a space after the -s and then "-t 60". This will set a timer for the system to shut down in 60 seconds, and you can replace 60 with any number.

4. Click Next.

5. Leave the shortcut name default, "shutdown.exe" and click Finish.

To shut down your computer with Cortana:

1. Click the microphone button on the Search bar or say "Hey Cortana."

2. Say "Open shutdown.exe" or "Open shut down EXE"

From now on, you can use Cortana to shut down your computer with this voice command.

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