Dialog - Browse for Folder

 

Declaration

<AMSHOWDIALOG ACTIVITY="folder" WINDOWTITLE="text" RESULTVARIABLE="text" DEFAULTFOLDER="text" ONCANCEL="text(options)" />

See Also

Dialog - Browse for Folder | Dialog - Input Box | Dialog - Message Box | Dialog - Open File |  Dialog - Save File | Dialog - Selection Box | Close Window | Focus Window | Hide Window | Maximize Window | Minimize Window | Move Window | Resize Window | Restore Window | Unhide Window

Description

Displays a standard 'Browse for Folder' dialog box. The folder specified is stored in a variable for use in subsequent steps. Execution is paused while the user makes a selection.

Practical Usage

Commonly used to allow a user to manually select a folder to open during task execution.

Parameters

General Properties

Parameter

Type

Req'd

Default

Markup

Description

Descriptive Text (displayed above the folder tree)

Text

No

(Empty)

TITLE="Select Folder"

The title that the dialog box should display (i.e. "Please Browse for the target folder").

Populate variable with result

Text

Yes

(Empty)

RESULTVARIABLE="varname"

The name of an already created variable that should be populated with the folder selected by the user.

Advanced Properties

Property

Type

Req'd

Default

Markup

Description

Initial Folder

Text

No

(Empty)

DEFAULTFOLDER="c:\foldername\"

The starting folder that the user sees when the dialog box appears.

On Cancel

Options

No

(Empty)

ONCANCEL="fail"

Specifies how this activity will react if the user presses the Cancel button. The available options are:

  • Continue: The task will continue to the next step.

  • Stop: The task will stop. No error is generated.

  • Fail: The task fail with an error.  

Description Properties

The Description tab allows you to customize the text description of any step as it appears in the Task Builder's Steps Pane.

More on setting custom step description

Error Causes Properties

The Error Causes tab properties lets you instruct a task step to react only to specific errors or ignore certain errors that should cause it to fail.

More on Error Causes properties

On Error Properties

The On Error tab properties lets you determine what the task should do if a particular step encounters an error as defined in the Error Causes properties.

More about On Error properties

Additional Notes

Expressions, Variables & Functions

A percent sign is used as a special character in AutoMate to indicate the beginning and end of an expression. This allows variables, functions and other expressions to be entered in any text parameter of a task's properties. For example: %1+1% inside a task will resolve to 2 at runtime. A more elaborate example is %FileDateTime(myFile)% which results to the date/time of myFile. To help construct expressions, you can open Expression Builder by clicking the Insert Expression (%) button or by pressing F2.

More on expressions

More on variables

More on functions

More on extended functions
More on the expression builder

Example

NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.

 

Description: This sample task demonstrates use of the Browse for Folder activity (step 2) by saving the path and name of the folder selected by the user then displaying the text in a separate Message Box (step 3).

 

<AMVARIABLE NAME="theFolder"></AMVARIABLE>

<AMSHOWDIALOG ACTIVITY="folder" WINDOWTITLE="Please select a folder" RESULTVARIABLE="theFolder" DEFAULTFOLDER="C:\" />

<AMSHOWDIALOG WINDOWTITLE="FOLDER SELECTED" COUNTDOWNDELAY="20">The folder selected is %theFolder%.</AMSHOWDIALOG>

 

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