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Renaming a Task Scheduler Entry

On Windows 7, you can run tasks in the background by creating entries in Task Scheduler (Windows' version of cron if you are familiar with UNIX). However, once you named a task, changing the name is not so easy. In fact, Task Scheduler doesn't provide the functionality to let you change task names. I figured out a work-around to rename tasks today, so I will share it.

To rename a task, right click on the task and select "Export..." from the pop-up menu. Task Scheduler will pop-up the "Save As" dialog to let you export the task as an XML file. It defaults to the original name you give it, such as "my task.xml". Change the name of the XML file to the name you want, because Windows will use that name when you import the task. Click the "Save" button to export the task.

After exporting the task, delete the task from the list of Task Scheduler entries. Then pull down the "Action" menu and select "Import Task...". Task Scheduler will pop-up the "Open" dialog. Use it to select the task you exported and click the "Open" button. Your task will show up in the Task Scheduler entries with the new name.

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:04:50 +0400

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