Task Builder General Preferences

The Task Builder general options control how tasks are displayed in the Steps pane. This includes the indentation, word wrapping, icons, and  error description.

To change Task Builder General Options

  1. On the Task Builder Tools menu, click Editor Options.

  2. In the General tab (displayed below) , select options as follows.


Reopen last task

Automatically re-opens the task that was last open in the Task Builder. If multiple tasks are open when Task Builder is closed, the active/selected task is the one that will re-open. This option works only when the task Builder is started manually from the Start menu. The last task is never opened when Task Builder is started for a managed task through Task Administrator.

Wrap step text

Wraps step text so the entire text is visible in the steps pane.  When the step text is not wrapped, a step's description or AML code can extend past the viewable right-hand margin. Use the horizontal scroll-bar to view the step in this situation.

Double-clicking adds to end of task

Double-clicking an action from the Available Actions pane adds the new step to the end of the task. If this is not selected, the step is inserted above the currently selected step. In either case, a new step can be inserted at a desired position by dragging an action from Available Actions pane into position.

Suggest Indent

When a step is added to a task between Automate code blocks, AutoMate automatically indents the step to make the code more readable. This does not affect the runtime performance of the step. An AutoMate code block is the area between a Loop Action and an End Loop, or between an If step and an End If and/or an Else step.

Note: You can also indent steps or remove indents by clicking the arrow buttons or the Format Steps button , or by pressing CTRL+Right arrow or CTRL+Left arrow on the keyboard.


The number of spaces to insert ahead of a step when indenting.


Controls the icons displayed next to the steps. Each AutoMate action has an identifying icon. Select Small icons (16 x 16), Large icons (32 x 32) or No icons.

Note: You can also change the icon display using the Icon Size button on the toolbar.

Include error handling descriptions

Controls when the visual view in the Steps pane displays descriptive text about each step's error handling along with descriptive text about the step itself. Every AutoMate step performs default error handling if the step fails. Select from the following:

Only when different from default

Appends descriptive text about the step's error handling only when an error handling option has been set that is different from the default. This will cause the error description to be omitted in the majority of cases because the default error handling is sufficient for most steps.


Always appends the error handling description to each step. This can cause extra, redundant text to be displayed in the Steps Window.


Never appends the error handling description. The error handling can only be viewed by opening the properties dialog box for the step.

See Also

Setting Task Builder Fonts

Setting Task Builder Colors