How to Open a URL on Schedule Using Task Scheduler

Do have a website or web page that you open daily at a certain time or when you start the computer? If that’s the case, why not use Task Scheduler to launch a URL at scheduled time?

Recently, I found my self in a situation where I have to open a web page at a certain time almost every day. Sure, I can create a reminder with Cortana and open the web page manually. However, why go the long way when you can open a web page on schedule using Task Scheduler?

Considering how easy it is to use Task Scheduler, it is a breeze to open a website using Task Scheduler. So, if you are ever in a situation where you need to open a website on schedule then try using Task Scheduler with below steps.

Open URL using Task Scheduler

  1. Search for Task Scheduler in the start menu and open it.
  2. In the Task Scheduler, click on “Create basic task“.
    Task scheduler create basic task
  3. Name the task and click on the “Next” button.
    Task scheduler name the task
  4. Select when do you want the task to start and click “Next“. In my case, I want to run the task daily, so I’ve selected “Daily“. If you want to start the task as soon as you start the computer then select either “When I log on” or “When the computer starts”.
    Task scheduler select daily
  5. Choose the schedule and recurring behavior. If you want to run the schedule every day, make sure that the “Recur every day” field is set to “1“.
    Task scheduler select date and time
  6. Select “Start a program” and click “Next“.
    Task scheduler select start a program
  7. Click on the “Browse” button and select your browser. In my case, I’m selecting Chrome.
    Task scheduler select program
  8. Add webpage address in the “Add arguments” field and click “Next“.
    Task scheduler add web address as argument
  9. Verify your configuration and click “Finish“.
    Task scheduler verify the task configuration

That is it. You’ve successfully scheduled a web page to launch at the time you need with Task Scheduler. To verify if the scheduled task is working properly, right-click on the schedule and select “Run“. Task Scheduler will automatically open the target webpage in the browser of your choice.

Task scheduler task created

If you didn’t name your task properly the first time, it can be a little tricky to change it after the fact. However, it’s easy. Here’s how to rename scheduled task in Windows.

Hope that helps.

10 thoughts on “How to Open a URL on Schedule Using Task Scheduler”

  1. Avatar for Rahul Tiwari

    First of all your post was very helpful. But I have a question for you.
    Can I add multiple arguments in “add arguments” section?
    Suppose I want to add multiple sites to open when an event is triggered without using batch file. I have tried putting a , / to separate the sites but only the first link opens up in the browser.

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      You can add multiple arguments but I don’t think you can add multiple urls in the arguments field. If you want to open multiple urls, I recommend you create multiple tasks. You can export and import the tasks to quickly create duplicated.

  2. Avatar for Neil Summers

    Thanks for the article. Very useful. My scheduled task runs a batch script. That script launches IE to single-sign-on the current logged in user to another application. The scheduled task runs on Server 2016 whether the user is logged in or not. In my case, the user us not logged in. My question is will IE launch even though the user is not logged in and there’s no desktop as such?

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      Hi Neil, that is a very interesting question but I never tried it. Off the top of my head, any task that requires user interface may not run properly if a user is not logged in.

      That being said, do give it a try and see how it goes.

  3. Avatar for thiru

    Hi Thanks for the article. Very useful.
    Most of the time we don’t keep our computer in running.
    where as we keep our mobile always in running mode (always switched off)
    Is it possible to set the task in our mobile. ?

  4. Avatar for Sandeep

    Great! Just what I was looking for.
    Although it looks so simple after you know how to do it. I was scratching my head if I need to create a script and schedule it in WIndows.
    Thanks a lot for publishing this.

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