Scheduling with the Windows Task Scheduler

Create recurring tasks with SeeShell and the Windows Task Scheduler. The Windows Task Scheduler is a very powerful task scheduling application that is built into any Windows version. The screenshots on this page are taken on Windows 10, but the task scheduler user interface has not really changed much the last years. So it is the same procedure on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012R2 and Windows Server 2016. To open the task scheduler, you can use the Windows search box and search for it:

Windows Task Scheduler:

Next, select “Create Task” and the task scheduler wizard opens. It starts with the security tab: Top

Security Tab ("Runas")

This tab is important. Here you decide how your application is run- You have two options:

  • “Run only when user is logged in”. This is the best option to start, as then SeeShell will run under your user account, just like when you manually start it. It is visible and you can check if all works well. Once that works, you can change the settings to the background mode.
  • “Run whether user is logged in or not.”. This option makes SeeShell run as a background process, even when no user is logged in (sometimes also called “headless mode"). Most visual automation software does not support this mode, but SeeShell Web Automation does. Just note that when you do a test run in this mode, you will see nothing – except the SeeShell.exe process in the task manager. Important: For background mode, you need to set the option Run with highest privileges so SeeShell can access all files and the internet from its background process. Another point to consider: Some websites do not work correctly when run in the background, in this case they can not be automated this way ("headless"). In such a case the solution is to use the first option (= start SeeShell with a logged-in user).

Windows Task Scheduler: Run Options (Security Settings)


Trigger Tab

On this tab you select when and how often you want to start the process. In this example the process starts at Windows starts and then runs every 5 minutes

Windows Task Scheduler: Run when (Trigger Settings)

Insider tip: Note that when you set a start time, e. g. 9:00 am and want to test it a bit later, maybe at 9:30am, nothing will happen for the next 23 hours. So the 9:00am start is not trigged until the next time it is actually 9am.


Action Tab

Use the “browse” button to locate the program or script you want to start. In our case this is the “kantu.exe” file. In the “Arguments” box enter the command line arguments, in our case this is the “Demo-Automate-Forms.kmacro” (do not forget the the .kmacro extension) and the -ae (“and exit”) switch to tell SeeShell to exit once the macro has been run. Note that there has to be a " " (space) between the macro name and the "-ae" switch.

Windows Task Scheduler: What to run (Action Settings)


Settings Tab

Nothing to do here. If you selected “Run only when user is logged in” in on the first tab, just click. If you had chosen the “Run in background” option, the scheduler prompts you for the user name and password under which account SeeShell should run. Make sure that SeeShell has actually been installed in the user account that you enter here. That is all, the scheduled task is set-up.

Windows Task Scheduler: Enter password (Setting Settings :-)


Test and debug Windows Task Scheduler

For testing, select the task, right-click on it and select “Run”. If you selected “Run only when user is logged in” in on the first tab, SeeShell will now start and run the macro. If you had chosen the “Run in background” option, SeeShell will also start, but you will see nothing, as it runs as background process.

Check return code

If a task ran successfully, the return code is "0x0":

Windows Task Scheduler: Check return value

Check background process

Moderate CPU usage, some file usage and some internet activity are the sign of a healthy instance of the SeeShell browser:

Windows Task Scheduler: Find background process

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