We have new sets of documents every day which should be printed by the next day, and we wish FolderMill could do it after most employees have left the office. Is there a way to schedule printing, i.e. automatically start and stop FolderMill at a certain time? For example, start FolderMill at the end of the working day and cease file processing in the morning, right before the work hours.
FolderMill can be forced to start and stop its work whenever you want. Just schedule its operation using built-in Windows Task Scheduler to plan the time for scheduled printing or conversion of documents with our step-by-step guide.
Alternatively, you can easily configure Task Scheduler to copy new files from a defined local folder to a Hot Folder. In this case, FolderMill real-time processing keeps running.
You will need to have administrator rights to set things up like in this use case.
How to run FolderMill as a service on schedule
- Create the necessary Hot Folders and Actions
- Open Task Scheduler. You can quickly find Task Scheduler if you press Windows Start button and start typing "task scheduler":
- Create a new task in this folder:
- Input a name for the new task, e.g., "Run FolderMill". Besides, ensure to enable these options:
- Run whether user is logged on or not
- Run with highest privileges
- Go to Actions pane and add command sc start FolderMillService which will make FolderMill service start:
- Click "OK":
- Let's specify the triggers to define when FolderMill should start. Go to the Triggers pane and add a new trigger by clicking New:
- Set a time-based or event-based trigger. You can specify the exact time and make the task recurrent by defining time intervals: daily, weekly, monthly or even certain days of the week. Event-based triggers allow you to start FolderMill at a specific event, e.g., at user log on. You can add multiple triggers, if necessary.
Let's set the time trigger to Daily, 18:00 and click "OK".
- Now let's create a task which would stop FolderMill. Just follow the same steps as above but use sc stop FolderMillService as the command line in the Action pane, and don't forget to set the right time for the time trigger. In the end, you should have something like this:
Now FolderMill service is configured so that it starts real-time processing of files at 6 PM and stops working at 9 AM every day.
You can test in advance whether everything is set correctly. Open FolderMill Control Panel (FolderMill processing should be stopped). Switch to Task Scheduler, select the sc start FolderMillService Action and click "Run" on the right menu to make a test run. You will see the task running: FolderMill's windmill will start rotating, and the status will change to "FolderMill is running" on the program's Control Panel. You can also open the FolderMill Control Panel right before the scheduled trigger should work and check the windmill rotation.
How to schedule start/stop of FolderMill Processor (desktop mode)
FolderMill can also work as a regular desktop application. Take the same steps as described above but select FolderMill Processor.exe to start or stop.
When creating a new action in the Windows Task Scheduler, click Browse…, go to FolderMill installation folder and select FolderMill Processor:
To schedule an action which would stop real-time file processing, add a -shutdown attribute:
How to schedule copying files to Hot Folder with Task Scheduler
If you have files accumulated in a certain folder during the day, there's another way to set the right timing for their processing. You can just set Windows Task Scheduler to copy the needed files to a Hot Folder on schedule. This can make things much more flexible this way since FolderMill keeps running without interruption.
- Create a folder for input files (e.g., C:\Input)
- Add a task with a simple command line in the Task Scheduler:
cmd /c move /y "C:\Input\*" "C:\FolderMill Data\Hot Folders\1\Incoming\"
This command will move all files appearing in C:\Input to the Incoming folder. Just set it to launch at the right time – using a time-based or event-based trigger (as described above).
FolderMill combined with Windows Task Scheduler gives you many options to set up timing for your files processing and scheduled printing. If something doesn't work for you, please contact us, and we will find a solution for you.