Manually Starting & Controlling Managed Tasks

Managed tasks normally contain triggers that are responsible for starting a task on schedule or monitoring the system for a particular condition or event to occur (e.g., a file arriving in a folder, an event written to the Windows Event Log a window appearing on the desktop). When the monitored event occurs, AutoMate fires off the steps of the corresponding task. Conversely, a managed task can be executed manually at any time. Tasks that are in a running or queued state can be manually controlled or stopped as well.

Manual Task Execution


You can manually execute one or more managed tasks from the Task Administrator.

To manually execute a managed task:

  1. From the Task Administrator, select the task(s) you wish to start manually. To select more than one task, hold down CTRL during selection.

  2. Click the Run button located on the toolbar (illustrated below) or right-click and select Run from the menu that appears.

NOTE: Each task will run according to how its Priority options are set (located in the Priority tab of the task's properties). For example, a task with the priority type set to Run Alone and condition type set to Hold task indefinitely will only run if there are no other tasks running. If other tasks are currently running, it will be placed in a waiting tasks queue until those tasks have completed, at which point, the waiting task will start.

Manual Task Execution


You can manually execute one or more managed tasks from the Task Administrator.

To manually execute a managed task:

  1. From the Task Administrator, make sure you are in the Tasks section.

  2. Select the task(s) you wish to start manually. To select more than one task, hold down CTRL during selection.

  3. Click the Run button located on the header panel (illustrated below) or right-click and select Run from the menu that appears.

NOTE: Each task will run according to how its Priority options are set (located in the Priority tab of the task's properties). For example, a task with the priority type set to Run Alone and condition type set to Hold task indefinitely will only run if there are no other tasks running. If other tasks are currently running, it will be placed in a waiting tasks queue until those tasks have completed, at which point, the waiting task will start.

Controlling Active Tasks


There are a few ways you can view and/or control tasks that are currently in a running state. When a task starts, by default, a small Running Tasks indicator appears on the bottom-right corner of the screen displaying the task's progress and disappears upon completion of the task. You can immediately stop the running task before its completion by clicking the Stop Task link (circled below).

You can view or control running or queued tasks via the Running Tasks Window as well (shown below). To access the Running Tasks Window, right-click the "A" system tray icon and select Show Running Tasks or press the appropriate hot-key combination. The default hot-key of CTRL + ALT + PageUp can be modified via Indicators options under the Running task interruption hot-key parameter. For more info, see Running Tasks Window

See Also

Running Tasks Window

Prioritizing Tasks

About Creating Tasks

Creating a Task Using the Wizard

Creating a Task Without the Wizard

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