Schedule Shutdown with PowerAutomate Desktop

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Introduction

Today I will show you how to create a PowerAutomate Desktop flow that asks you when you want to shut down your Computer.

The only prerequisites is PowerAutomate Desktop and a Microsoft account.

You can also watch the whole walkthrough as video: https://youtu.be/0UEtlwJ8_Es

1. Add new flow

Open PowerAutomate Desktop and click on New Flow.

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You can add any name you like. I’m naming mine Example Shutdown Flow.

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2. Select date dialog

Move a Display select data dialog to the editor field.

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You can set the Dialog title and the dialog description as you want.

Select by prompt for Date and Time. This is very important.

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Now press save and the dialog should close.

3. Difference between times

Now we need the difference between the time selected and the current time in seconds.

First add a Get current date and time action.

Just click save and don’t change any values.

Second you have to add a Subtract dates action.

In the From date field click on the {X} symbol on the right side. Then select SelectedDate.

Do the same thing in the Substract date field but ow select CurrentDateTime.

Set Get difference in to Seconds.

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4. Shutdown

Add an if element. Set First operand to the variable ButtonPressed. And Second operand to OK.

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With this condition the flow only continues when you selected Ok in the dialog. If you click cancel or close Shutdown doesn’t get executed.

Add a Wait statement into the if statement and set TimeDifference as Duration.

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Then add a Shutdown computer action under the wait statement. Optionally you can select Force so that the PC shutdowns also when there are for instance unsaved files.

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5. Run

Now we’re finished. Save the flow, close the editor window and then click on run.

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Written on December 30, 2021