Microsoft Windows operating systems has a feature called Windows Task Scheduler. This component allows users to schedule tasks such as launching a program or a script at times specified by the users. Users can also schedule the launch of tasks at time intervals that they can specify. Task scheduler is completely different from the scheduler which allows users to allocate CPU resources to processes running in the system.
The Task scheduler also allows users to set reminders and even send emails automatically at a predetermined time. Even though the interface of the task scheduler appears complicated, it’s actually quite easy to use.
This tutorial features the steps to run programs automatically and set reminders with the Windows Task Scheduler in Windows 7.
Creating a task
- Step 1: Click on the Start button
- Step 2: Type Task Scheduler in the search field and press Enter
- Step 3: Click on the shortcut of Task Scheduler which appears to launch it
This will launch the Task Scheduler in a window. You will be able to see a lot of options to select in the right side of the window.
- Step 4: Click on ‘Create Basic Task’ option on the right side of the window
This will launch a simple task creation wizard to guide you through the procedure of creating a task. If you want advanced options, you can click on ‘Create Task’ option instead.
- Step 5: In the Create a Basic Task window that appears, provide the name and description of the task. This is convenient as it will remind you what the task does later.
- Step 6: Click ‘Next’. The Task trigger options appear. The Trigger indicates when you want to start the task. You can even set the task to start when a specific event is logged.
- Step 7: Select a trigger of your choice. If you select Daily/Weekly/ Monthly/One time, the wizard will ask you to provide the time and date for the task to start.
- Step 8: Provide the date and time of your preference
- Step 9: Click Next. The Action window will appear after you click ‘Next’. Here you can select from three actions namely execute a program, send emails, and display a message.
- Step 10: Select ‘Start a program’
- Step 11: Click Next. In the next window, you have to use the Browse button provided, to locate the .exe file of the program you want to start.
- Step 12: Locate the .exe file of the program you want to start and add it. You can also add arguments if the program supports it. Certain programs can do automatic tasks. You can use the argument to make them do such tasks after evoking the program at the time you specified.
- Step 13: Click the finish button to create the task which will run the program automatically.
To edit advanced task options
- Step 1: Right click on the task that you have created
- Step 2: Select Properties
- Step 3: Go to the Settings tab in the Window that appears. Here you will notice more advanced settings which weren’t there in the Create Basic Task wizard. You will also be able to specify several triggers and actions for the task for example, run a program and display a reminder at the same time.
This is the simplest way to schedule a task in the Windows Task Scheduler. The task scheduler also allows users to disable the task created by right clicking on the task. The task scheduler can be configured to wake your computer automatically, at a predetermined time.