Task Builder Steps Panel

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Overview

The Task Builder's Steps panel displays the actions/activities that are selected from the Actions panel that will be carried out when the task executes. During task construction, actions and activities are dragged from the Actions panel onto the Steps panel. During this process, a dialog box displaying the properties of the selected action/activity opens and specific parameters and requirements can be viewed or modified. Once parameters are set, the action/activity and its properties are then displayed in the Steps panel and the action becomes a task "step". These steps run automatically in a sequential order when the task is triggered by some event or condition or when started manually by the user.

When creating/debugging external tasks, a single instance of the Task Builder can open multiple tasks, each separated by tabs located at the bottom of the Steps pane. Each tab is labeled with the name of the corresponding task. The steps of the desired task can be viewed by simply selecting the proper tab. When a task is selected, the Steps pane becomes populated with steps of that task and the Status Bar and Debug Pane show data for that task.

By default, a task step is comprised of the following:

Alternatively, step numbers can be omitted, icon sizes can be modified or step descriptions can be fully customized. See Task Builder Editor Options for more details. See Custom Step Description for more information about customizing the default description that appears on the Steps pane.

NOTE: If you import a task that includes an unlicensed action/activity, the Steps panel will display the unlicensed step (in Visual view) as currently unlicensed. Running a task with an unlicensed step will always fail at that step. You can bypass the step by disabling it or removing it altogether.

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Task Functions/Variables Panel

In order to make the creation and maintainability of tasks easier and safer, AutoMate now supports variable scoping, variable accessibility as well as external tasks and function declarations and execution. The top portion of the Steps pane contains the Task Functions & Task Variables Panel. This drop-down panel is used to create Task Functions and Variables and display their properties in a clear and concise manner so the user understands the steps being displayed at any given time are associated with the function/variable being modified.

Context Menu

Right-clicking one or more lines of code on the Steps pane opens a pop-up menu that displays a list of available options you can perform for those steps. The table below contains a list of available Steps pane right-click menu items.

Menu Item

Description

Hot-Key

Cut

Cuts the selected step(s). To select multiple steps, hold down CTRL during selection. To select all steps, press CTRL+A or click the Select All button from the Find command group of the Ribbon's Home tab.

CTRL + X

Copy

Copies the selected step(s) to the clipboard. To select multiple steps, hold down CTRL during selection. To select all steps, press CTRL+A or click the Select All button from the Find command group of the Ribbon's Home tab. Copied steps can be pasted in the Steps pane of the current task, another task or an application such as Notepad.

CTRL + C

Copy Description

Copies the description of the as they appear in Visual view

 

Paste

Pastes the previously copied or cut step(s). Items are pasted directly below the currently highlighted line in the Steps panel.

CTRL + V

Delete

Deletes the selected step(s). To select multiple steps, hold down CTRL during selection.

DEL

Select All

Selects all steps contained in the Steps panel.

CTRL + A

Select Step Number

Opens a Select Step Number dialog box prompting you to enter the step number to select.

CTRL + G

Select Label

Opens a Go to Label dialog box prompting you to enter the label to go to.

CTRL + L

Enable

Disables/enables the selected step(s). A disabled step will not execute at runtime.

 

Edit Step

Edits the selected or highlighted step. Only a single step can be edited at a time.  

 

Clear Regions

Clears the selected or highlighted region(s).

 

Clear All Regions

Clears all regions contained in the current task. Note that this will clear all existing regions whether or not they are selected or highlighted.

 

Move Steps Up

Moves the selected step(s) one line up.

 

Move Steps Down

Moves the selected step(s) one line down.

 

Increase Indent

Increases indentation of the selected step(s).

CTRL+ RIGHT

Decrease Indent

Decreases indentation of the selected step(s).

CTRL+ LEFT

Add to Watch List

Adds the step to the Watch List. You can view watch list items via the Watches debug pane.

 

Add to Favorites

Adds the selected action to your Favorites list. Favorites as well as most often used and recently used actions can be viewed from the My Actions panel.

 

 

 

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