DDE Action – Setting Properties

The DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) action is used to send DDE requests and commands to DDE Server applications. Many popular Windows applications provide support for DDE, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, ACT!, WinFax, Netscape and many others. It could be used, for example, to communicate with Netscape to tell the browser to reload the page or with Excel to populate a cell with data—all without having to send keystrokes to the application.

To enter DDE properties:

  1. From the Task Builder Available Actions pane, open the Advanced folder and double-click the DDE action or drag it into the Steps pane. The following properties dialog window appears:

  1. Under Action parameter, select the action to take. Thereaftere, enter any applicable properties in the text-boxes below:

  2. To set the Description tab properties, refer to Description Tab Options.

  3. To set the Error Causes and On Error tab properties, refer to Step Error Handling.

  4. When finished, click OK to save settings and close the properties dialog window.

See Also

About Actions

Adding Task Steps

DDE Action