Setting Up a Tasks Action or Actions

Besides the name of the task (which you supply on the General tab of the Create Task dialog box), the only other task parameter you must provide is the action or actions the task is supposed to perform . This you do by clicking New on the Actions tab and filling out the rest of the dialog box. Three types of actions are possible:

• Display A Message

You can specify one or several actions. Multiple actions are carried out sequentially, with each new action beginning when the previous one has completed.

The Start A Program option (shown in the New Action dialog box on the next page) can be applied to anything that Windows can execute—a Windows program, a batch program or script, a document associated with a program, or a shortcut. You can use the Browse button to simplify entry of long path specifications, add command-line parameters for your executable in the Add Arguments box, and specify a start-in folder for the executable. If your program needs elevated privileges to run successfully, be sure that you have selected Run With Highest Privileges, on the General tab of the Create Task dialog box.

If you choose to send an e-mail, Task Scheduler will require the address of your outbound (SMTP) server. If you opt for a message, the dialog box will provide fields for the window title and message text. The Send An E-Mail and Display A Message options are not available for tasks set to run on Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows Server 2003.

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