Adding Task Steps


Once in the Task Builder, task construction can start by dragging the desired action from the Available Actions pane onto the Steps panel (as shown below). Doing so will open a properties dialog box for that action where parameters and specifications can be defined. Each type of action has its own set of properties. Specific actions may contain multiple activities to select from. Choosing the desired activity will populate the dialog with the proper properties and settings of that activity.

To add steps:

  1. In the Actions panel of the Task Builder, find the action/activity you want to add. You can find an action by clicking the plus signs (+) on any of the categorized folders, or by entering the name of the action or activity in the Search for action box at the foot of the Actions panel. When you use the Search for action box, the actions list is filtered as you type to include only those actions/activities that contain a match for the entered text (See Finding Actions for more details).

  2. Drag the action/activity into the Steps panel (as shown below) or simply double-click the action/activity. The properties dialog for that action opens.

  3. Enter properties and click OK. The action/activity then becomes a step in your task. Repeat this process to add additional steps in sequence.

  4. If you need to change the sequence of the steps, select the step you want to move and use the arrow buttons on the toolbar to move it up or down (for further information, see Editing Task Steps).

  5. If you need to delete a step, right-click it, and select Delete.

  6. When you are finished adding steps, click Run to test the task. For information on debugging tasks, see Debugging Tools & Techniques.

  7. When you are finished, click Save and then click the close box to close the task.

NOTE: Unlicensed actions and activities will appear opaque in the Actions panel. Double-clicking, dragging or trying to add them to the Steps panel in any other way will generate an error.

Using Add/Insert option

The Ribbon's Actions command group contains commands that can be used to add or insert a step.

To add an action as the last step:

  1. From the Actions panel, select the action/activity to add.
  2. Click Add Step from the ribbon.

To insert an action in between steps:

  1. From the Actions panel, select the action/activity to insert.
  2. On the Steps panel, select the step that you want the new action/activity to be inserted.
  3. Click Insert Step from the ribbon. The new action will be inserted directly below the step you selected.


NOTE: To add steps from the Recent, Frequent, Favorites or Snippets folder, see My Actions Panel.