Move Mouse to Object Action—Setting Properties

The Move Mouse to Object action is used to move the mouse to a button, tab, page link, or other Windows control on an application window or desktop. In most cases this action is preferable to a simple Move Mouse action because it targets the specific object. AutoMate will find the object even if it is in a different location when the task runs.

Important: Only standard Windows controls will work with the Move Mouse to Object action. Many applications use images or other controls that may act like Windows controls but do not support the interfaces required to detect them. The Move Mouse to Object action will not work with these controls. In these cases other interactivity actions must be used such as the Send Keystrokes action or the Move Mouse action.

To set Move Mouse to Object properties

  1. From the Task Builder Available Actions pane, open the Interactivity folder and double-click the Move Mouse to Object action or drag it into the Steps pane.

  2. If possible, open the window containing the object you want to use. Then drag the AutoMate icon to the object. This will automatically populate the object description. If you cannot use the actual object, use a similar object and then edit the object description per the next step. You can also drag the AutoMate icon to the window that contains the object, and then click the Browse button and use the tree structure to find and select the object.

  3. If you need to make changes to the auto-populated properties, click Edit and change the properties according to the following guidelines:

The properties are as follows:

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

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

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

See Also

About Actions

Adding Task Steps

Window Dissection Parameters

Move Mouse to Object Action