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Task Scheduler

Task Scheduler automates reiterative non-design work - taking the time out of time-consuming tasks. Labour intensive or repetitive tasks, such as batch importing, exporting, and plotting can gobble up hours, if not days worth of time. Even though these jobs don't require an excess of brain power, they still tie up your mind and computer.

But now there's a way to automate these processes. Task Scheduler, a software utility included in SOLIDWORKS Professional, puts your system to work while you're away. It lets you run resource intensive processes overnight or on weekends, times when the computer is normally idle, freeing you to focus on more creative projects.

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Overview

Scheduling a task in Task Scheduler takes minutes. As a separate utility, the program is accessed either through Windows program files or a shortcut on the desktop. Once the program is up and running, there are three steps to scheduling a project. :
  • First, select a task by clicking on one of the icons located on the left side of the screen. Options include print files, create drawings, create eDrawings, import and export files, and more. There's even an option to run custom scripts. Depending on the task, the program will queue you for more information. If you select print, for instance, you'll be asked to enter the paper size, number of copies, and the printer you want to print on.
  • Second, indicate the items you want to run the task on by selecting an individual file or a Windows folder containing multiple files. All items inside the folder are added to the task list automatically.
  • Third, indicate the day and time when you want to run the task. You can choose to repeat the task daily, weekly, or monthly. When the scheduled time arrives, the program fires the task, and sets to work.
Without a doubt, Task Scheduler gives companies a productivity boost. By scheduling non-design related tasks, this utility allows design engineers to better organise their time and focus their energies on the more creative aspects of their jobs.
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