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Windows XP

Scheduled Tasks

Scheduled tasks allow users to have Windows automatically run a specified program or open a certain file at a set time. Scheduled tasks can be used to open programs and/or files that you always use.

NOTE: To avoid a repetitive stress injury, some users create a scheduled task that runs every 20 minutes to remind them to take a break. A sample Notepad file is available here that may be opened by a scheduled task to serve as a reminder to take a break. To download this file:

  1. Right click the link » select Save Target As...
    The Save As dialog box appears.

  2. From the Save in pull down list, select a save location

  3. Click SAVE

This document covers the following topics:

return to topCreating a Scheduled Task

Scheduled tasks are created using the Scheduled Tasks Wizard.

  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs » Accessories » System Tools » Scheduled Tasks
    The Scheduled Tasks window appears.

  2. Double click ADD SCHEDULED TASK
    The Scheduled Task Wizard appears.

  3. Click NEXT

  4. From the list of software applications, select the program you wish to schedule, and click NEXT
    OR
    To select a software application that is not listed or to select a file:
    1. Click BROWSE...
      The Select Program to Schedule dialog box appears.
    2. Navigate to the desired program or file
    3. Click OPEN

  5. In the text box, type a name for the task

  6. Using the radio buttons, select how frequently or when you want the task performed, and click NEXT

  7. Depending on when the task will be performed, select a time and day to start the task, and click NEXT
    NOTE: If you selected When my computer starts or When I log on in step 6, you are unable to select the day and time when the task starts.

  8. In the Enter the user name text box, type your username
    NOTE: Depending on your computer's configuration, this text box may be completed for you.

  9. In the Enter the password text box, type a password

  10. In the Confirm password text box, re-type the password, and click NEXT

  11. Click FINISH
    The task is scheduled.
    NOTE: To further customize the scheduled task, refer to Advanced Schedule Options.

return to topUsing Scheduled Task Options

To have more control over when the scheduled task is performed, follow these instructions.

  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs » Accessories » System Tools » Scheduled Tasks
    The Scheduled Tasks window appears.

  2. Double click the scheduled task you wish to edit

  3. Select the Schedule tab

  4. Click ADVANCED...
    The Advanced Schedule Options dialog box appears.
    Advanced Schedule Options dialog box

  5. To select an start date, from the Start Date pull-down list, select a date

  6. To select an end date:
    1. Select End Date
    2. From the End Date pull-down list, select a date

  7. To define a recurrence pattern:
    1. Select Repeat task
    2. In the Every section, select the time interval between instances of the task
    3. In the Until section, select when to stop repeating the task

  8. When finished, click OK

  9. Click OK

return to topDeleting a Scheduled Task

When you no longer want your scheduled task to run, you can delete it.

  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs » Accessories » System Tools » Scheduled Tasks
    The Scheduled Tasks window appears.

  2. Right click the scheduled task you wish to delete » select Delete

  3. Click YES
    The scheduled task is deleted.

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