Renaming a scheduled task in task scheduler

How to

If you do not like the name of the current task, you can change it. Here are the steps to change or rename a scheduled task in the Task Scheduler program.

The Task Scheduler program has a simple task setup wizard that allows you to create scheduled tasks quickly and easily. When creating a scheduled task, the first step is to prompt you to give the task a name. This name will appear in the Task Scheduler.

If the name is incorrect or you don’t like it, renaming a Windows task created in the Task Scheduler is not as simple as right-clicking and choosing Rename. For some reason, once you create a scheduled task, you cannot rename it in the usual way. But the good news is that renaming a scheduled task is not difficult .

The following steps work the same in Windows 10 and 11.


Why can’t I rename a task in the Task Scheduler

There is no clear answer as to why I cannot rename a task directly in the Task Scheduler. Perhaps this somehow confuses the way the Task Scheduler handles tasks

but in older versions of Windows it does not. Windows XP and Windows 2000 task files are typically stored in the %SystemRoot%\Tasks folder with the extension .job . In these versions, you can rename the scheduled task by changing the file name.

In newer versions of Windows, this is no longer possible. If you move to the Tasks folder, at least the files with the extension .job .

file, but that does not mean you cannot rename a scheduled task. Without further ado, here is how to rename a Task Scheduler task in Windows 10 & 11 OS.

Renaming Scheduled Tasks in Windows

Renaming Scheduled Tasks in Task Scheduler The trick is to export and import. This may not sound simple, but it is easy. Follow the steps and you will rename the task in Windows.

  1. Start Open the menu.
  2. Select “Task Scheduler” and open it.
  3. Select ” Task Scheduling Library ” in the sidebar.
  4. Right-click on the task you wish to rename.
  5. Select ” Export “.
  6. Move to the destination folder.
  7. Click the ” Save ” button to export the job.
  8. Click ” Import job ” from the right panel.
  9. Select the file to export .
  10. Click the ” Open ” button.
  11. Enter a new name in the “Name” field.
  12. (Optional) Enter a description in the “Description” field.
  13. Click [ OK ].
  14. Accordingly, the name of the Windows Scheduling Task is .

Detailed steps:

First, search for and open Task Scheduler from the Start menu.

Select “Task Scheduler Library” in the left panel of the Task Scheduler to display all tasks. Right-click on the task you wish to rename and select “Export”.

Browse to the desired location and click the “Save” button to save the file. Note the .xml extension.

You will need to import the job again to rename it.

Go back to the previous location, select the exported task, and click the “Open” button.

You may rename the task during import. Enter a new task name in the “Name” field, enter an appropriate description in the “Description” field, and click the “OK” button

That’s it. The scheduled task has been renamed in the Task Scheduler.

Remember to delete the duplicate task with the old name. To delete a task, right-click on it and select Delete.

To be a bit more discreet, disable the task by selecting Disable. Once you are sure the renamed scheduled task is working, delete the old one.

This is a roundabout way, but the best way to rename a scheduled task in the Task Scheduler program.

What is a task scheduler program?

For daily recurring tasks such as starting the computer and then running a program, backing up files, exiting Windows at a specific time, etc. You can automate these tasks with Windows Task Scheduler. The Windows Task Scheduler looks simple, but it is very powerful and can automate almost anything in Windows. For example, tasks like opening Thunderbird and Firefox after login, backing up Thunderbird, running FreeFileSync batch files, backing up data, or automatically shutting down Windows at night.

TL;DR, if you have a lot of everyday tasks, you can automate quite a bit in Windows using the Task Scheduler.

That is how I use it. It is as simple as renaming a scheduled task in Windows.

I hope this simple and easy Windows guide helps you.

If you get stuck or need help, send me an email.

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