Windows Server

How to create a shortcut for Windows scheduled task

On how to create a scheduled task on Windows Server 2019, see

Below are the steps to create a shortcut on a Desktop for a scheduled job.
– Create a desktop shortcut. On how to create a shortcut, see the following link On how to make a shortcut available to all users, see

  • Right-click on the desktop
  • Click on New
  • Click on Shortcut
  • When you create the shortcut, in the “Type the location of the item” field, type the following command and enter the appropriate task name.
schtasks.exe /run /tn "Task Name".

I had to open my task scheduler program in order to get my task name as shown below “WindowsUpdate”.

Note: Task Name needs to be the actual name of the task.
– Click on next as shown below

Type a name for your shortcut and press Finish as shown below

Now the shortcut has been created, If you would like to change the icon, see

As shown below, the desktop icon as been created. When you double-click on the shortcut, it runs the selected file with administrator permissions, without triggering a UAC prompt.

For a similar shortcut task “how to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10 to switch User Accounts – Fast user switching (Session Disconnection Utility)“, see

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