Automatically start browser at specified time

By Windranger ·

I want to make my browser start automatically weekly, same day and time and open a specified page.

My questions are:

1. I tried the Outlook way, like in MS tutorial
Well, in step 7 there is no "This is an Online meeting" check box in my window, and of course no "NetShow Services", so I can't conclude the setup; the question is what is wrong with Outlook (I use Outlook 2003).

2. Is there any other smarter way to do this..?


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Try this

by Breezer85 In reply to Automatically start brows ...

I just tried this and it works! Create a batch file with 1 simple line:
Start iexplore.exe http://(insert your website)

After save it as a .bat file anywhere on your PC.

Goto Scheduled Tasks which can be found in Start -Program Files-Accessories-System Tools-Scheduled Tasks.

Browse for the batch file and add into the scheduled task, set the days and times and away you go!

Please let me know how you get on.

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An alternative but still using Task Scheduler

by Jacky Howe In reply to Automatically start brows ...

Copy the contents below and modify the address to suit and name it appropriatly, with a .vbs extension. Save it to C> and use the Task Scheduler to manipulate the time and day that you want it to run. Follow the Task Scheduler prompts and you should be good to go. This works on XP SP3.

Contents of TechRepublic.vbs

Dim WshShell
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

wshshell.Run ""

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by Jacky Howe In reply to An alternative but still ...

Thanks for the tip, it works well. I have 2 more questions, though: My default browser is Internet Explorer. But what if I want to open the site with a different browser (say, Firefox), then how do I specify that in the vbs file..? And how can I feed two or more websites as arguments, if I want more sites opened, in different tabs?

Dim WshShell
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

wshshell.Run ""
wshshell.Run ""
wshshell.Run ""

The above will run depending on your Default browser, it doesn't matter which is Default.

The below will run FireFox in a seperate script.

FoxPath = """C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"""
web = ""
web1 = ""

' Create the Wscript.Shell object.
set wshshell=CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")

' Load FoxPath and have it go to the URL web FoxPath & web FoxPath & web1

Must be worth a couple of Thumbs.

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Sure is.

by seanferd In reply to Answers

Worth a fist full of thumbs, that.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Sure is.

I had to install FireFox on a test System just to make sure that it would work.

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Thanks a lot Jacky!!

by Windranger In reply to LOL

Thanks a lot Jacky, I got it working well now !

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No probs

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks a lot Jacky!!

maybe we should have said the word Helpful?

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks a lot Jacky!!

much appreciated.

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Still using task scheduler

by .Martin. In reply to Automatically start brows ...

after opening task scheduler (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>task scheduler)

go to task scheduler Library. select create (New) task.

Give it a name, click triggers tab, and select new and fill in when you want it to activate.

next go to actions, click new in Program/Script add "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" (with "" included), then under arguments type in the website that you want it to bring up

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by tashinski In reply to Automatically start brows ...

Hey Windanger I am using Windows xp when checking out how to help u on this I think it generally depends on what OS you are using!

On windows xp go to;
your browser then the webpage u want say or then create a shortcut of this on the desktop then:

Start menu> control panel> shedule tasks> add schedule> browse> desktop> open> weekly> set time> select day> username $ password> finish

The most interesting part is that you can even shchedule a shutdown with this!!!

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