How to shut down or restart your computer by giving it a command with your voice?

Thanks to this trick, you will no longer have to turn off your PC or laptop in a traditional way, just order it.

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You just need Cortana, the Windows assistant, to be activated. Photo: Computer Hoy

Shutting down or restarting a computer with Windows 11 (or another operating system developed by Microsoft ) is quite simple, just press the start button and choose the option you want. However, it is not the only way to do it, since there is an alternative method for your PC or laptop to perform these actions after you command them with your voice. Do you want to learn it?

According to Professional Review, a portal specialized in technology, this Windows trick does not require you to install any strange program on your computer, all you need is that Cortana, the voice assistant created by Microsoft, is enabled.

Thanks to this software, users can give simple commands to their computer and it will do them. The problem with this voice assistant is that it has several limitations, so you will have to make some adjustments so that it can shut down or restart your computer.

How to configure Cortana to shut down or restart your PC?

  1. Press the Windows + E keys to open the file explorer
  2. Click on view and select the hidden items option
  3. Enter Drive C and go to the following path: Users \ tuusuario \ AppData \ Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Start Menu \ Programs
  4. Once inside the program folder, you will have to create a new shortcut
  5. A box will appear, where you must paste the following command: shutdown.exe -s -t 00 (to shutdown) or shutdown.exe -r -t 00 (to restart)
  6. Finally, you will have to give that shortcut a name. It can be to shut down the PC or restart PC.

That would be all. Now you can say, “Hey Cortana, turn off PC” and the voice assistant will automatically shut down your computer, without you having to press any keys. It is worth noting that it is necessary to have a microphone connected.

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