Do you ever feel like that some of your daily routine tasks should be started by its own whenever you use your Computer? Well, it will be nice if your computer does some tasks on its own. Microsoft has provided Windows users with the feature of task scheduling, this allows a user to create a particular task for a computer to perform and ask it to execute at your pre-defined time or after a specific time period. The Windows task scheduler has the ability to automate the task you scheduled of any specific application that is assigned.
The Task Scheduler in Windows 10 allows you to run scheduler for maintenance tasks like updates, disk cleanup etc. just like some of the applications utilize the scheduler in Windows 10. You can also use the scheduler to start other applications on the specified time and day, either you want it to be triggered (start) daily, weekly, monthly or even on a specific event. If you use a particular application straight after you turn on your PC and want it to be self-opened then you can use task scheduler to start the particular program at the boot up. So in this article, I will guide you on how to create a scheduled task in Windows 10.
So let’s start with the guide…
Open up Task Scheduler in Windows 10
To open up the task scheduler tool, type in “task scheduler” in the Windows search bar located on the taskbar as shown above. This will open up the Task Scheduler tool.
Create a folder for Tasks
It is always good to keep things organized and that’s why creating a new folder for your tasks can help you locate them easily from the folder and will also keep things in order so they don’t get mixed up.
From the Task Scheduler window, under Console Tree pane, you can see Task Scheduler (Library) folder expanded from Task Scheduler (Local). Right-click on the folder and click on the New Folder. Type in the name for the folder, for example, you can name it “My Tasks” and hit OK to create.
From Console Tree pane, expand the Task Scheduler Library folder and click to select the create folder as highlighted above. Now form the Actions pane, under My Tasks, click on the Create Basic Task… option as highlighted. This will open up a setup wizard of Create Basic Task.
Create Your Task in Wizard
From the Create Basic Task wizard, you can create the most common tasks from the most common settings. In Create a Basic Task phase, Type in Name and its Description for your task as highlighted above. Now click on the Next button to proceed.
Now in the Trigger phase, select from a given list of options of “when do you want your task to start?” All the options are self-explanatory, just select your preferred option and click on the Next button as shown above.
In our case, we wanted to open the Chrome browser daily at 1:00 PM, so in the Daily phase or any other option that you have selected. Apart from the last three option (selecting them will skip you to the next phase), each option will ask you when you want the task to be triggered (start). Set the Start date and time and then simply click on the Next button as shown above.
In the Action phase, select the preferred option of the action you want the task to perform. In most cases it is to Start a program, so select the desired option and then click on the Next button to proceed.
Now in the Start a Program phase, here you have to assign the program/applications .exe directory. In order to do so, click on the Browse… button of the Program/script option as highlighted above.
Now maneuver your way through the folder where the program application’s exe is. Simple select the Application and then click on the Open button as shown above.
Now that the program directory has been selected as shown above, simply click on the Next button to proceed.
In the Finish phase, make sure all the arguments are according to your requirements and then click on the Finish button as highlighted. This will now close the Create Basic Task wizard and add your task schedule in your Windows 10.
Here you can see that in your folder the created task has been added and scheduled to start accordingly as highlighted above.
Delete or Stop the Created Task
You can delete or perform other operations of the created task. Simply click to select the task and then choose the particular option from the list of Selected item pane to perform the operation as highlighted above.
That’s it! Hope this article has helped you on how to create a scheduled task in your Windows 10. If you have any confusion or experienced any difficulty following the instructions above, please let us know in the comments section below.