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I have a public workstation which is used for internet browsing certain web sites.  People use the workstation, navigate to what they need and then leave.  Normally when they leave the browser is not at the regular homepage.  When the PC starts I have IE set to run automatically and the homepage set.  When the homepage is displayed it is inviting to people passing by, by what is displayed on the screen (the homepage) they understand what the workstation is intended for.  After someone uses the workstation and the browser is left at something other than the homepage there is no longer any evidence of what the pc is intended for.  What I would like to do is this.  Is there a way to trigger a script to run after a period of inactivity?  I would assume that after 10 minutes the user is no longer at the workstation and I will shutdown IE if it is open and then restart IE.  This way IE will display the inviting homepage.  Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks!
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Hmm, perhaps toy with creating a Windows Scheduled Task that runs every 10 minutes that runs your script, but under the Settings tab check the box that says "Only Start Task if the Computer has been idle for at least" - and enter 10 minutes, then put 10 minutes under the "if my computer has not been idle that long , retry for up to".  

If I'm reading it right, assuming it starts on the hour, at 1pm it'll check if the computer has been idle for 10 minutes, if so, restart IE, if not, keep retrying for up to the 10 minutes for when it becomes idle.  If it doesn't become idle in that 10 minutes, the next "schedule" would kick off and this would continue through the day

It's probably not exact, but will probably do the trick.  Just make sure to test it thoroughly - you don't want IE closing on some user who's trying to surf the web at your establishment :)

Alternative: What about setting a screen saver that  gives the message you're trying to get across with your homepage?  This is more easily set to 10 minutes on inactivity, and then you also wont need to script the IE restart solution.
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