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How to import and export tasks from Task Scheduler on Windows 10

We often make use of scheduled tasks for many of the automation tips featured on AddictiveTips. On Windows 10, Task Scheduler is a stock app that can schedule tasks with all sorts of triggers. It’s easy to use but works just as well for more complicated automation setups.

Tasks in task scheduler have to be set up but if you can also import and export them. If you’ve created a task on a PC and would like to use it on another one, you don’t necessarily have to create it again. You can simply export it from one PC, and import it on the other.

Export tasks from Task Scheduler

You must already have the task all set up on your system before you can export it.

  1. Open Task Scheduler.
  2. Go through the library of scheduled tasks and select the one you want to export.
  3. In the Actions column, click Export.
  4. A save dialog box will open. Save the file with the same name as the task, or with a different name. It will save as an XML file.
  5. The XML file is what you need to transfer to the PC you want to import the task on. You can use any means to transfer it; email, cloud drives, USB disks.

Import tasks from Task Scheduler

Before you can import a task, you first need the task file. It’s going to be an XML file. You can delete the file once you’ve imported the task so you don’t have to worry too much about where it’s saved while you’re importing it.

  1. Open Task Scheduler.
  2. In the Actions column on the right, click Import.
  3. Select the XML file.
  4. The task will be imported and open for editing.
  5. Go through the different tabs and change anything you need to e.g., if the task has to run an executable, you have to select it on your system and the path for it will be different.
  6. Once you’re done, make sure the task is enabled and you’re all set. It’s a good idea to run the task once to make sure it has set up correctly.

Importing and exporting tasks rarely involve any permissions that you have to manage however, you may need to enable admin rights for some tasks. The test run should tell you if something isn’t working right so don’t skip it. If you’re running scripts as an action, make sure the script has the permissions it needs to run.

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