Start Timer Action - Setting Properties

Timer actions are used to time a portion of a task. The Start Timer action is used to begin the timer. You then use a Stop timer action to stop the timer and populate a variable with the elapsed time. You can also use one or more Read Timer steps to read the elapsed time at any point between the Start Timer and Stop Timer steps.

You can use multiple timers in a task; each one is assigned a timer session name. Variables used must be created in earlier steps using the Create Variable action.

To set Start Timer properties:

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

  1. In the Timer name box, use the default entry unless you have already created one or more timer sessions in the task. If you have multiple timer sessions, give each one a unique name, such as TimerSession1, TimerSession2, etc.

  2. If you want to use a custom description, click the Description tab, select Use custom step description, and type the description. This description will display in the Steps pane in place of the default description.

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

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

  5. When finished, click OK to save settings.


See Also

About Actions

Adding Task Steps

Start Timer Action

Read Timer Action

Stop Timer Action