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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  • If such a feature exists, it can most likely be found in the power settings in the control panel.
    – user
    May 11 '16 at 11:27
  • I cannot find it. Are there alternative solutions?
    – Jeremy
    May 11 '16 at 12:00
  • I don't have any Windows 10 system handy, which is why I only left a comment that I hoped would be helpful. (Seems it wasn't, but that's how it goes at times. Can't be right every time.) Unless I stumble across something helpful, I'll leave actually answering this to others.
    – user
    May 11 '16 at 12:02
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    @Jeremy how about the answer with 6 upvotes in this thread (even though it's windows 7?) superuser.com/questions/89957/…
    – SimonS
    May 11 '16 at 12:26
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    Disable the keyboard button. May 11 '16 at 12:30

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 '16 at 15:46
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    Well you can just click "Continue" without changing the default reason.
    – Nassbirne
    May 11 '16 at 15:49
  • I am looking for a better sulution. If there is none, I'll accept your answer. Btw, what are the uses to provide a reason before shutting down?
    – Jeremy
    May 11 '16 at 15:54
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    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 '16 at 20:45
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    @Jeremy, I want to use confirmation to avoid acidentally shutting down my work system after telecommuting from home--also using Windows 10. In two years of telecommuting, I've just done this for the first time yesterday, and on Friday there was no one left to turn it back on.
    – xtian
    Aug 10 '19 at 19:07

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

  • 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 '16 at 13:41
  • Why would you pause before exiting? Why have the exit statements? The script would close anyways May 11 '16 at 14:56
  • @CanadianLuke you're right, it was a copy paste from something else i had and I didn't remove them. I have edited to reflect the correct script.
    – Narzard
    May 11 '16 at 15:22
  • @Jeremy I cannot find any information on editing the button for anything custom. Only making it perform different built-in functions.
    – Narzard
    May 11 '16 at 15:23
  • @Narzard ahh.. I hope Windows will implement this feature.
    – Jeremy
    May 11 '16 at 15:26

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.

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