If

Description

In programming, the If statement is used to run code based on conditions. This allows programs the ability to perform different operations in response to different conditions. AutoMate's If activities encompass the same capabilities but with a more user-friendly approach. For example, you might want your task to check if a file exists, and then do something different depending on the outcome. The If file exists activity allows you to evaluate whether or not the file exists and to then run different sections of your task based on the results. The If window exists can evaluate if a window currently exists (or does not exist) on the desktop and execute specific activities based in the outcome. Additional If activities include If process running which evaluates if a process is currently running (or not running) on the system, If folder exists which evaluates the existence of a folder, and others.

Decision making structures require that the developer specify one or more conditions to be evaluated or tested by the program, along with a statement or statements to be executed if the condition is determined to be true, and optionally, other statements to be executed if the condition is determined to be false. Following is the general form of a typical decision making structure:

All If activities must be followed at some point with an End if activity to mark the end of the block of steps that are to be executed if the evaluation is true. Optionally, an Else activity can be used to mark the block of steps that are to be executed if the evaluation is false. During runtime, the task will execute the block of steps immediately following the If activity up until an End if step is encountered, otherwise the block will be skipped or if an Else activity is encountered, the task will execute those block of steps instead.

Available Activities

The list of activities for this action are arranged below in alphabetical order. For more information about a specific activity, click the associated link. 

Activity
Description
If - Compare files Compares two files using the specified criteria and returns TRUE if the values match or FALSE if they don't.
If - Condition Begins a block of steps that are executed conditionally.
If - Contains text Determines if the text to look for is contained within the target text and returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the outcome.
If - Else

Used along with an If activity to provide an alternate code block to execute only if the condition returns FALSE.

If - End if Marks the end of the block of steps that should be executed if a previous If activity returns TRUE.
If - File exists Determines the existence of a file and returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the outcome
If - Folder exists Determines the existence of a folder and returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the outcome.
If - Last step Controls task flow depending on whether the last step was a success, general failure, or failed because of a specific error.
If - Object exists Controls task flow depending on the existence of an Active Directory object.
If - Pixel exists Determines if the specified pixel(s) is (are) in the specified state and returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the outcome.
If - Process running Determines the state of a process and returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the outcome. If TRUE, the steps immediately following this step is executed. Otherwise, execution follows the next Else step, or End If step.
If - Window exists Determines the state of a window and returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the outcome.