How do I configure Windows 10 so that it displays a confirmation dialog every time I press the Shut down button?

Sometimes I would shutdown my computer accidentally, as the sleep button is just above shutdown button, and lose my unsaved work:

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4 Answers 4


One way to get a confirmation dialog upon hitting the shutdown button is to enable Shutdown Event Tracker:

Configure Shutdown Event Tracker on the Local Computer

Since the link above is not up-to-date for Windows 10, the following are step-by-step instructions for Windows 10 (verified with version 21H1):

  • Start gpedit.msc
  • In the Local Computer Policy navigation pane, expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and click All Settings
  • In the console pane, scroll down to the list of objects and double-click Display Shutdown Event Tracker
  • Click Enabled
  • Verify that in Options, Shutdown Event Tracker should be displayed: is set to Always
  • Click OK

You will have to select a reason for the shutdown, like so:

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  • This is same as SimonS' answer in comment. I don't want to choose a reason every time I shutdown my computer.
    – Jeremy
    May 11, 2016 at 15:46
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    Well you can just click "Continue" without changing the default reason.
    – Nassbirne
    May 11, 2016 at 15:49
  • This is mainly a feature of the server versions of Windows which have it enabled by default. It generates entries in the event log which can be useful for system administrators.
    – Nassbirne
    May 11, 2016 at 17:00
  • 3
    This does exactly what you asked for: Confirmation on shutdown. You don't even have to select a reason from the reason box.
    – Bort
    May 11, 2016 at 20:45
  • @xtian and others noticing the option isn't available: mine was semi-hidden. gpedit.msc > Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings > Display Shutdown Event Tracker worked for me.
    – Tydaeus
    Mar 5, 2021 at 15:27

Create the following batch file and use instead.


set /P c=Are you sure you want to shutdown[Y/N]?
if /I "%c%" EQU "Y" goto :yesplease
if /I "%c%" EQU "N" goto :nothanks
goto :choice


shutdown /s /t 10


Paste this text into notepad, and save it as "shutdown.bat" (include the quotations.) The quotes force it to save as a .bat file.

edit: removed unecessary pause statements

  • 2
    I'm not asking how to code the confirmation dialog. It'd be nice if the bat file can be ran when I click the shutdown button.
    – Jeremy
    May 11, 2016 at 13:41

A confirmation by itself can cause a problem, you might forget about it and leave the computer without it shutting down. The solution is like in Macs to have a confirmation but also auto-shutdown after some time if you don't cancel it.

I don't know of a way to do that natively on Windows, I think you need a 3rd party app for that. I know Penteract CMD GUI Creator can do it (See here and scroll to "Shutdown with confirmation and auto-execute"), but there might be other apps that do it as well.


Because Windows 10 Home does not have gpedit.msc, you need to directly modify the registry to add Shutdown Event Tracker (even if gpedit.msc is forcibly added through cmd bat, the modification is useless).

Modify the registry method refer to https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/78343-enable-disable-shutdown-event-tracker-windows-10-a.html

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Reliability]

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