How To Find And Use The Windows Task Scheduler For Vista

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One tool that you may find very interesting is the Windows Task Scheduler. It allows you to automatically set up your laptop to do different tasks at different times.

To get to the task scheduler in Vista, there are a few ways to do this. But here is the simplest way...

1. Click on Start. Then in the search box begin typing in task scheduler. More than likely by the time you finish typing that in the task scheduler program will appear.

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So now that you know where to find it, how do I use it and what is it good for?

The beauty of the Windows task scheduler is that it can be used for so many different things. Is there something that you do on a daily basis that you wish could be automated?

Perhaps you would like to run a virus scan every night.

Or maybe you would like to automatically have your email client open every morning and email someone.

You may even want to set up a weekly reminder to call your parents.

Everything mentioned above can quickly be done with the task scheduler. To begin using this, click on the Create Basic Task... in the Actions menu. From there it is a simple four step process...

1. Give your task a name.

2. Decide how often you want this task to happen. Whether it be daily, monthly, etc. You can then decide what part of the day or week that you would like for it to happen.

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3. Then you decide what the action is. Do you want it to start a program? Send an e-mail? Or display a message to the screen? Whatever it is you want to do simply hit the radio button and then click next.

4. Review the task that you just created and click Finish!

It really can't get much easier than that. Some people can't imagine a day without their task scheduler. Well some people don't seem to get any use out of it.

Whatever person you are, it's certainly worth taking a look at. You can a lot of the things that you do daily. If nothing else, it's good to set up a reminder to help you from forgetting something.

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I am constantly setting up different reminders with the task scheduler. It has really reminded me to do a lot of important things that I would have forgotten otherwise.

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