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I want to use task scheduler to display a log file once a day.
how do i set task scheduler to display just today's file.

the folder has a new log file with that days date on it
and keeps the old log files in the folder.
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by:Steven Harris
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We may need some more information for this:

Are you checking by file name only, or just want the latest file in the folder?

How do you want to display it?  Are you using a specific program?
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Sasha Kranjac earned 500 total points
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If the application is creating just one log file per day you can try this PowerShell script:

$DateToCompare = (Get-date).AddDays(-1)

$ItemToRun = Get-Childitem c:\new | where-object {$_.lastwritetime –gt $DateToCompare}

Invoke-Item c:\new\$ItemToRun

Replace c:\new with the path of the log files folder.

This script gets the current date, lists last created file and opens it with an associated program.
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by:PAP0028
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The program i am using Cobian Backup and its a txt log file.
 Cobian creates a new file once a day. I want the log file to open on the user display.
And yes I want the latest file to show in the folder
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by:Steven Harris
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Did you try Sasa Kranjac's suggestion above?

First run the script to verify it works correctly in your scenario, then you can schedule the script to run via task scheduler.

For running PowerShell with Task Scheduler, try checking out the following EE Article.
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by:Sasha Kranjac
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The PowerShell script I suggested opens any last created file in the specified folder and opens it with an associated program. In your case these are .TXT files and should be opened (usually) with Notepad, although many applications can read and display textual files.

Test the PowerShell script, modify the code to open the files on target computers and save the script in a file.

Then go to Start, then System and Security, open Administrative Tools. Double-click on Task Scheduler.

On the left pane, click on Task Scheduler Library. In the right pane, in the blank area below scheduled tasks, right-click and choose either Create Basic Task... or Create New Task...
Either way, when prompted for a Program/Script to schedule, point to your PowerShell script and fine-tune the scheduler to your needs.
Don't forget to test the script and the Task.

Check the Task by setting time of execution couple of minutes from the time you are creating the task so you don't have to wait until tomorrow to see if it works.
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Thanks for the fast answer.
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