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How to create an automated task using Task Scheduler on Windows 10

Task Scheduler lets you automate tasks on Windows 10, and in this guide, we’ll show you the steps to create and schedule your first task.

On Windows 10, Task Scheduler is a tool that allows you to create and run tasks automatically. Usually, the system and certain apps use the scheduler to automate maintenance tasks (such as disk defragmentation, disk cleanup, and updates), but anyone can use it. Using this feature, you can launch programs, run commands, and execute scripts on a particular day and time, or you can also trigger tasks when a specific event occurs.

Task Scheduler works by monitoring the system’s time and events to execute the task as soon as the condition is met.

When trying to use the scheduler app to run a task at a specific time or when an event occurs, you can create a task in at least two different ways using the basic and advanced settings.

To create a task using basic settings on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Task Scheduler, and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Right-click the “Task Scheduler Library” branch and select the New Folder option.
  4. Type a name for the folder – for example, MyTasks. (This step isn’t a requirement, but it’s a recommended step to keep your tasks separate from the system and apps tasks.)
  5. Click the OK button.
  6. Expand the “Task Scheduler Library” branch, and select the MyTasks folder.
  7. Click the Action menu.
  8. Select the “Create Basic Task” option.
  9. In the “Name” field, type a short descriptive name for the task – for example, Notepad Launcher.
  10. (Optional) In the “Description” field, create a description for the task.
  11. Click the Next button.
  12. Select the Monthly option.
  13. Quick note: Task Scheduler allows you to select from a number of triggers, including on a specific date, during startup, or when you or a particular user signs in. Depending on your requirements, you’ll need to configure additional parameters. In this case, we’ll be selecting the option to run a task every month.
  14. Click the Next button.
  15. Using the “Start” settings, specify when the task should run and the time (very important).
  16. Use the “Monthly” drop-down menu for the months of the year you want to run the task.
  17. Use the “Days” or “On” drop-down menu to specify the days that the task will run.
  18. Click the Next button.
  19. Select the Start a program option to launch an app, run a command, or execute a script file.
  20. In the “Program/script” field, specify the path for the application.
  21. (Optional) In the “Add arguments” field, you can specify arguments to run the task with special instructions.
  22. (Optional) In the “Start in” field, specify the folder in which the program will start. (Usually, you can leave this setting empty.)
  23. Click the Finish button.
  24. Once you complete the steps, Task Scheduler will save the task and run automatically on your specified schedule.
  25. Quick tip: If you don’t know the path of the app, click the Browse button to find it.
  26. Quick note: You can select the Send an e-mail or Display a message option, but these are deprecated features, which means that they may or may not work because Microsoft is no longer maintaining them.
  27. Quick tip: Using the “On” setting may be your best option if you’re planning to run a task during a specific day of the week.

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