Task Scheduler is a tool that lets you set up and schedule tasks for Windows to carry out. It is especially useful for automating routine PC maintenance tasks, such as disk cleanup and fragmentation for example. You can also configure Task Scheduler to automatically start your favorite programs, send emails, and display messages at specified times.
Although it’s nothing new, Task Scheduler is still a handy automation utility to discover in Windows 11. There are also numerous ways you can open it in Microsoft’s newest desktop platform. These are nine different methods for launching Task Scheduler within Windows 11.
1. How to Open Task Scheduler With Run
Run is Windows 11’s built-in app for opening programs, files, and folders. You can open most built-in Windows tools by entering specific launch commands for them in the Run’s Open dialog box. This is how you can open Task Scheduler with Run in three quick steps.
- To bring up the Run dialog box, press its Win + R key combination.
- Input taskschd.msc within the Open box.
- Click the OK button to open the Task Scheduler window.
2. Open Task Scheduler With Windows 11’s Search Box
Windows 11’s search utility can also be considered a kind of app launcher. With it, you can find and launch most built-in system tools and apps by entering keywords for them in its search box. You can open Task Manager by searching for it as follows.
- Click the magnifying glass (search) button on Windows 11’s taskbar.
- Enter the keyword Task Scheduler in the text box to find that utility.
- Then select Task Scheduler in the search results to launch it.
- Or you can click the Run as administrator option for Task Scheduler to launch the app.
3. How to Access Task Scheduler Within Computer Management
Computer Manager is a single console that incorporates some of Windows 11’s most useful admin tools. Task Scheduler is one of the system utilities included within Computer Management. You can access Task Scheduler from the CM console in the following steps.
- Right-click the Start menu’s taskbar button to select Computer Manager on the Power User menu.
- Double-click System Tools on the left side of Computer Management.
- Then click Task Scheduler to access and utilize that utility.
4. Open Task Scheduler From Windows Terminal
Windows Terminal is a tabbed emulator that runs command-line interpreters, including PowerShell and Command Prompt. You can launch Task Scheduler with both those command-line interpreters within Windows Terminal. To do so, all you need to do is enter a short PowerShell or Command Prompt command like this.
- Bring up the Power User menu by pressing the Win + X key combination.
- Click Windows Terminal (Admin) on the menu.
- To choose a command-line interpreter, click the Open a new tab button. Then you can select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt on the menu shown directly below.
- Type taskschd within PowerShell or Command Prompt, and press the Enter key.
5. Open Task Scheduler With Task Manager
Task Manager includes a Run new task option, which opens a Create new task window. The Create new task window is very similar Run. However, that window also includes an option for opening apps with admin rights. This is how to launch Task Scheduler via Task Manager.
- Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination, and select the Task Manager option.
- Click File at the top left of Task Manager’s window.
- Select Run new task on the menu.
- Type taskschd.msc in the text box.
- Select the Create this task with administrative privileges option.
- Click OK to launch.
6. Open Task Scheduler From the Control Panel
The Control Panel has a Windows Tools applet from which you can open a variety of system utilities. Task Scheduler is among the system tools included there. Follow the steps below to open Task Scheduler from that Control Panel applet.
- Open Windows 11’s search box, and enter the keyword Control Panel there.
- Click Control Panel in the search results.
- Select Large icons on the View by drop-down menu.
- Click Windows Tools to bring up the applet shown directly below.
- Right-click Task Scheduler and select Run as administrator.
- You can also open Windows Tools from the Start menu. To do that, open the Start menu and select All apps. Then select Windows Tools on the apps list.
7. Open Task Scheduler With Desktop, Taskbar, and Start Menu Shortcuts
Setting up a Task Scheduler shortcut will give you the most direct access to it. You can add a shortcut for opening Task Scheduler to Windows 11’s desktop, Start menu, and taskbar. To start with, add a shortcut for that app to the desktop like this.
- Right-click an area of your desktop wallpaper and select New.
- Click Shortcut on the submenu that opens.
- Type taskschd.msc in the Create Shortcut window’s location box as shown directly below.
- Select the Next option.
- Input Task Scheduler in the name box.
- Click Finish to create the desktop shortcut.
Now you can click the Task Scheduler shortcut on the desktop any time you need to open that app. Or you can add Task Scheduler to the Start menu or taskbar instead. Right-click the desktop shortcut and select Show more options. Then select a Pin to taskbar or Pin to Start menu option on the classic context menu. Thereafter, you can erase the desktop shortcut by right-clicking it and selecting Delete.
8. Open Task Scheduler With a Hotkey
A Task Scheduler hotkey will give you an almost immediate way to open that utility. If you set up a desktop shortcut, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to it. Then you can press the desktop shortcut’s hotkey to open the Task Scheduler instead. This is how to set up a hotkey for a desktop shortcut.
- First, add a shortcut for Task Scheduler to the desktop as covered within the previous method.
- Right-click Task Scheduler’s desktop shortcut and select its Properties context menu option.
- Then click inside the Shortcut key box on the Shortcut tab.
- Enter T (or a letter of preference) in the Shortcut key box to establish a Ctrl + Alt key combination for it.
- Select the Apply option to save the hotkey.
- Click the OK button to exit the window.
Now press your new key combination for opening Task Scheduler. Remember the hotkey is based on the desktop shortcut. Deleting the desktop shortcut also erases its hotkey.
The desktop context menu is another place you can add a Task Scheduler shortcut. However, Windows 11 doesn’t include any built-in settings for adding shortcuts to the context menu. Therefore, you’ll need to manually edit the registry to add a Task Scheduler option to it as follows.
- First, open the search box (press the Windows + S hotkey).
- Enter Registry Editor within the Type here to search box, and select to open that app from the search results.
- Navigate to the Computer > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Directory > Background > shell key in the Registry Editor.
- Right-click the Shell registry key to select New and Key.
- Enter Task Scheduler for the new key’s name.
- Right-click the Task Scheduler key and select the New > Key options again.
- Input command to be the new key’s name.
- Select the command key, and then double-click its (Default) string.
- Enter Control schedtasks within the Value data box as in the snapshot directly below.
- Click OK to close the Edit String window.
- Now try out your new Task Scheduler context menu shortcut. Right-click the desktop and select Show more options. Click Task Scheduler on the classic context menu.
Choose Your Favorite Method for Opening Task Scheduler
You can open Task Scheduler pretty quickly with all the methods above. However, some methods are a bit faster than others. Opening Task Scheduler with keyboard, desktop, and taskbar shortcuts are probably the quickest ways to access it. Whatever way you choose to open Task Scheduler, you’ll discover a legacy tool that can automate almost anything in Windows 11.
The Windows Task Scheduler can automate almost anything. If you can make it happen in a command line or a Windows script, you can schedule it with the Task Scheduler. Let us demonstrate.
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