How to start and create basic tasks with Task Scheduler

The Task Scheduler allows you to create all kinds of automated tasks in Windows. You can schedule a program to run at a specific time interval, a message to be displayed when something happens and so on. You can schedule just about anything with it. The only limit is your imagination. To get you started, we created this guide on how to use the basic task wizard in the Task Scheduler. Here's how it works:

Where to find the Task Scheduler in Windows 7

One way to find T ask Scheduler is to go to Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System tools -> Task Scheduler.

Another option is to type the word " schedule" in the Start Menu search box and click on the Task Scheduler search result.

Last but not least, you can go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler.

Where to find the Task Scheduler in Windows 8 & 8.1

In Windows 8, search is the fastest way to start just about anything. The problem is that you must perform the search using the word " schedule". If you type " task" or some other word, you won't get the appropriate search results. Then, filter the results by Settings and click or tap on " Schedule tasks".

In Windows 8.1, simply start writing the word " schedule" on the Start screen, and then click or tap on " Schedule tasks".

Both in Windows 8 and in Windows 8.1, you can also go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler.

Where to find the Task Scheduler in Windows 10

In Windows 10, type the word " scheduler" in Cortana's search box from the taskbar, and click or tap on Task Scheduler.

You can als o open Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler.

The Task Scheduler window is now opened.

Except for some minor differences, this tool works the same in all recent versions of Windows.

How to start the " Create Basic Task" wizard

In the Task Scheduler window, go to the Actions column on the right. There, click or tap on " Create Basic Task" to open the wizard with the same name .

As the name implies, this wizard allows anyone to create basic tasks that are executed by Windows, at a given time or when a certain condition is met.

For illustration, let's assume you want to create a task that runs the Disk Cleanup tool at a certain point in time and see how you start creating this task:

In the first step of the wizard, you are required to enter a name and a description for your task. When done, click or tap Next.

Next, you have to choose when the task will start.