Task scheduling in Windows is a great way to perform repetitive tasks while reducing manual entries. This tutorial explains how to automate and schedule tasks in Windows. We go through the steps using native applications such as Task Scheduler and third-party shutter software.
Using the task schedule in Windows
For automatic task scheduling, Windows has a built-in application called Task Scheduler. It is one of the most important Windows management tools, such as Computer Management, Performance Monitor, Registry Editor, Internet Information System (IIS) Manager, and Services.
When you start the program, a simple interface greets you. Easy navigation is provided in three vertical shutters. To schedule tasks, you must first select the Task Scheduler Library.
Although you can easily create a task schedule in the main folder “Task Scheduler Library”, it is recommended that you create a new subfolder to separate the scheduled tasks from the system functions. Select New Folder on the right and give the folder the name you want.
When you’re done, click the arrow in the Task Scheduler library to select the newly created folder. In the screen below, this folder already has a task created based on a command prompt selected as the default setting. To create a new custom task, scroll to the right pane and click Create Basic Task.
When the Basic Task Creation Wizard is open, enter a name and a simple description of what is available to you. In the next task, the goal is to launch Microsoft Edge automatically when you log on to Windows, so we’ll create a task schedule for it.
The next step is to decide how often you want this task to run automatically. This can be decided on a case-by-case basis, daily, weekly, monthly as soon as the computer is turned on (this complicates the Startup menu) or when the user logs in, which is selected in this case.
What functions do you want the task to perform? In this example, “Start Program” is selected. You can also send an email or view a message.
In the next step, you will need the exact location of the program, which will be launched on schedule. This can be collected from a file on your Windows device. But there is an easier way to find the exact program.
Go to the Windows search box and find the program you want to start in the Task Schedule. Click “Open File Location” to trace the program’s original path.
As shown here, the program start menu path is displayed on the new screen. Just follow this path and open it from the Create Basic Wizard menu.
The desired program – Microsoft Edge – appears in the “Start Program” menu of the task assistant. Click “Next” to continue.
Before applying the changes, you will receive a summary of the scheduled task. Click Finish to complete the setting.
Make sure you select the correct operating system for the task created in Task Scheduler. If you want to run the program as an administrator user, select “Run with High Authority”, which confirms the confirmation on the system login screen. Our created scheduled task is now complete and will be launched with a sequential connection attempt.
Edit a task in task scheduling
Editing a task in the task schedule is very easy. Navigate to the exact folder and desired task, right-click and go through all the available options.
To edit a task, right-click the selected task and go to “Properties”. Once you have done that, all previously designed triggers and functions can be recreated.
To delete a task or folder from the Task Schedule, select the desired task or folder and click Delete.
Using a shutter to schedule a task in Windows
If you don’t want to use the Windows Task Scheduler, you can use it too Shutter achieve the same results. Run the installer from the download link and the installation will only take a few seconds.
Shutter requires you to select the consent button, which indicates that this software is used for non-commercial purposes only. Click Add to create a new event.
A new window will open where you can select different types of events. The shutter allows the following events: countdown, timely, weekly, Winamp shutdowns, CPU usage, network usage, hard drive usage, battery, window, process, ping stops, file size, and cover. In the next menu, we have selected the user as “passive” after 45 minutes of inactivity.
When you start an event manually, you will find a notification in the notification area. You can end the event at any time.
In “Settings” you can select the task of the event. You can run it automatically for all users or for a single user at Windows logon and minimize the notification area.
Here we learn how Task Scheduler and other Windows applications can be used to schedule and automate a task in Windows. You may also want to know how to fix various Windows 10 errors such as TaskSchedulerHelper.dll file.
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