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See Also

Else | End If | End Select/Case | Goto | If | If Compare Files | If File Exists | If Folder Exists | If Last Step | If Pixel Exists | If Process Running | If Text Contains | If Windows Exists | Label | Select/Case


Used along with an If action to provide an alternate code block to execute only if the condition is false.

Practical Usage

Very often when you create a task, you want it to perform different actions for different decisions. You can use conditional statements in your code to do this. If combined with Else is an extremely useful combination. These actions are conditional statements that can perform different actions during the course of a task depending on the result of an expression evaluation. If the result evaluates to TRUE, AutoMate will execute the block of steps immediately following the If action up until an End If step is encountered, otherwise the block will be skipped (or if an Else statement is encountered it will execute that block of steps).


General Properties

(No Parameters)

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


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


Description: Simple If/Else Statement that displays the answer in a message box.


<AMIF EXPRESSION="2 &lt; 1">






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