How To Rename A Windows Task Created With Task Scheduler

In our previous tutorials about the Task Scheduler we showed you how to create scheduled tasks and how to manage them. However, there is one subject that we didn't cover yet. That is how to rename a task that's already created and scheduled. While it may seem a trivial action to some, things are not as simple as they appear to be. Let's see why, and how we can change that:

Why There's No Rename Task Option In The Task Scheduler?

One would expect that renaming a Windows task is a simple thing to do. It might seem obvious that you should open the Task Scheduler, find the task you want to rename and search for an option to rename it. Well, if you do that, you will find that there is no such option.

That's because renaming a task from Task Scheduler would mean the operating system is vulnerable. To get a better idea, imagine that a virus starts renaming all your scheduled tasks. Every task you have set and enabled could be changed. This is why, there's no obvious way to rename scheduled tasks in Windows.

How To Rename A Task In Task Scheduler

We know that there's no obvious way of changing the name of a task already set in Task Scheduler. But is there no way at all? The answer is yes, there is a way. However, it's not as easy as a "right click & rename" action. To put it shortly, you'll have to export and then import the same task in order to be able to change its name.

To begin, open the Task Scheduler and look for the task you want to rename in the Task Scheduler Library.

Then, in the Actions sidebar, click or tap on the Export option.

A similarly fast method is for you to right click on the task's name and select Export.

In the Save As window, write the name you wish to use for your task and save it somewhere on your computer. The task you export will be saved as an ".xml" file. Be sure to remember where you saved it.

Now you're back in the main window of the Task Scheduler. Select the task you just exported and delete it. You can do that either from the Actions sidebar or from its right-click menu.

Your scheduled task is now gone. In order to get it back, but this time with a new name, check the Actions sidebar again and click or tap Import Task.

Browse to the location where your exported task is saved, select the task and click or tap Open.

Task Scheduler will open the Create Task dialog. In the General tab, the first available field is the Name of the new task. You can either keep the name you already set for the exported file when you saved it, or you can fill the Name field with a new one. All the other settings of the original task are kept, so unless you want to change something else, press OK.

Inside Task Scheduler, you'll see that the original scheduled task is now renamed.

Conclusion

Renaming a task set with Task Scheduler is not an action as straightforward as you might be tempted to think. As you have learned from this tutorial, this is for security reasons. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible to rename a task. You can use our workaround for this job. If you know of other ways to rename tasks created with Task Scheduler, don't hesitate to let us know.