AutoOff is a free program for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10. With this program, you can schedule your computer to shut down, restart, sleep, or lock in various scenarios.
How does AutoOff work?
When you download AutoOff, the installation process is simple, and upon completion, you will get a desktop shortcut for quick and easy access to the program. During installation, you can choose to run the program with Windows, which can be handy if you plan to use it every day. Otherwise, we suggest that you uncheck this option during installation.
When you start AutoOff, it will be placed in the System Tray (lower right corner of the screen, next to the clock), and double-clicking on the icon opens the program window. The user interface is simple and clean, and all options are clearly explained, so navigating is very easy, even for beginners.
The first thing you need to do is create a “New Schedule”. Select the action to be performed. Actions are shutting down or restarting the computer, putting Windows to sleep or locking it, turning off or turning on the screen, starting the Screensaver, and turning on or off a specific program.
Then you choose when this action takes place. This can be at the exact time, after a certain time interval, for example, two or three hours, or if the computer is not used for a certain time. You can also set this action to happen only once or to be repeated. When you have set all this up, click on the “Schedule” button, and the job is done.
You can schedule more actions depending on your needs. All actions will be listed in a special “Schedule” tab, where you can change or delete them. The program will periodically show you notifications notifying you when a certain action will be performed so that you are not caught unprepared when, for example, the computer shuts down.
AutoOff is one of the best programs for scheduling computer shutdowns. In Windows 10, shutdown scheduling can also be done using the console without installing additional programs, and we showed this in our post how to set up a shutdown timer on your computer in Windows 10. However, AutoOff offers many additional options, and it is very easy to use, so it gets our recommendation.
Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10