Learn how to use the Windows Task Scheduler for your Power Automate Desktop robots. This video tutorial shows how to set up Task Scheduler, so you can use it for Power Automate Desktop orchestration.
What is Power Automate Desktop
Power Automate Desktop is a desktop automation tool developed by Microsoft that enables users to automate repetitive and manual tasks. It allows users to create workflows that can automate a wide range of tasks, such as data entry, file manipulation, and web scraping, among others. Power Automate Desktop comes with a visual designer that makes it easy for users to create workflows without the need for coding or programming knowledge. It also offers a range of pre-built actions and connectors that can be used to interact with different applications and services. Power Automate Desktop can be integrated with other Microsoft products, such as Excel and Power BI, and can also be used with third-party applications. It is available as part of the Power Automate platform and can be used on Windows 10 devices.
To use Power Automate Desktop and Task Scheduler together, you can follow these steps:
- Create a Power Automate Desktop flow: Start by creating a Power Automate Desktop flow to automate the task you want to perform. This flow will consist of various actions and steps that will be executed automatically.
- Save your flow: Once you have created your flow, save it so that you can access it later.
- Create a Task Scheduler task: Open Task Scheduler and create a new task by clicking on the “Create Task” option.
- Configure the task: In the “General” tab, give your task a name and description. In the “Triggers” tab, set up the schedule for when the task should run. In the “Actions” tab, click on “New” and select “Start a program” as the action. In the “Program/script” field, enter the path to the Power Automate Desktop executable file (usually located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Power Automate Desktop\PowerAutomateDesktop.exe). In the “Add arguments (optional)” field, enter the path to your saved Power Automate Desktop flow.
- Save and test the task: Once you have configured the task, save it and test it by running it manually. You should see Power Automate Desktop start and execute your flow automatically.
- Monitor and manage the task: Finally, monitor and manage the task to ensure that it is running as expected. You can view the task’s history and status in Task Scheduler and make any necessary adjustments to the schedule or configuration.
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