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Windows 7: Using task scheduler for a shop bell or alarm clock

05 Aug 2016   #1
MtnGoatXJ

Win7 64
 
 
Using task scheduler for a shop bell or alarm clock

I spend the better part of the day searching for a shop "break/lunch" timer. There weren't many ideas that really worked completely. The requirement is for a shop workplace start-break-lunch-end task that would be fully automatic/hands off. So this is my two cent offering for those of you to try and maybe elaborate on.

First I selected a wave file and set the default wav player to "NOT repeat". Placed this file in the root of C:\.
Then created a .bat file in the root of C:\. I picked this location for simplicity in this post. I'm using VLC as the media player.

.....Named the bat file and inserted this dialog.

start c:\bell.wav
timeout /t 5 /nobreak
taskkill /IM vlc.exe
exit

In Task Scheduler, I created a task that triggers the .bat file you just created in C:\. With the exception of the trigger schedule, all the other answers can be default. Multiple triggers are available to install, as the part where multiple daily times can be set for one task. In otherwords the buzzer/bell .bat would have as many triggers as you need to ring the bell.

I'm going to set this up in a real world scenario and will return with my results.

Until then......


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