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16.6. Task Scheduler

The Scheduled Tasks window lets you set up Windows XP to open certain programs, utilities, and documents according to a schedule that you specify. Unfortunately, all it can do is open programs and documents on cue. Unless you're prepared to type in the special codes, called switches, the Scheduled Tasks window can't actually make them do anything once they're open. The tutorial on Section 16.6.4 offers more information about switches.

To open the Task Scheduler (see Figure 16-10), choose Start→All Programs→ Accessories→System Tools→Scheduled Tasks. The Scheduled Tasks window opens, at first containing only a single icon (unless a program you've installed has already scheduled a task), called Add Scheduled Task.


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