Manually Starting or Controlling Managed Tasks

Managed tasks are responsible for monitoring the system for a trigger event (i.e. a particular time frame, a file arriving in a designated folder or a specific event being written to the Windows Event Log). When the monitored event occurs, AutoMate automatically executes the steps of the corresponding task. However, a managed task can be executed manually from the Task Administrator as well. Additionally, running or queued tasks can be controlled at any time by pressing the appropriate hot-keys as specified in System -> Options -> Indicators tab under the Running task interruption hot-key field. The default hot-key is CTRL+ALT+PageUp. For more on Indicator options, see Indicators Options.

Starting Managed Tasks


From the Task Administrator, a user can manually start any managed task whether or not the task has triggers that cause it to start automatically. To start a task, select the desired task and click the Run button (displayed below) or simply right-click the task and select Run from the right-click menu that appears. Multiple tasks can be selected by holding down the CTRL key during selection.

When a single task is manually executed while other tasks are currently running or when multiple tasks are manually executed, each task will run according to how its Priority options are set (located in the Priority tab of the task's properties). For example, if a task with the priority type set to Run Alone and condition type set to Hold task indefinitely is executed manually, it will only run if there are no other tasks running. If other tasks are currently running, it will wait until those tasks have completed before executing.

Controlling Active Tasks


An option is available that allows a user to view and control tasks that are currently in a running state. When pressing the CTRL+ALT+PageUp keys (or whichever keys are specified under System -> Options -> Indicators tab under the Running task interruption hot-key parameter), AutoMate immediately pauses all running tasks and displays a Running Tasks dialog as shown below.

This dialog shows currently running tasks and provides options to manually stop one, several or all tasks. An option to remove tasks from a queue or force queued tasks to run immediately can be performed as well. Running tasks are marked as Running in the Status column. Tasks that have been queued as per its Priority settings are marked as Queued in the Status column.

To stop a task or remove a queued task:

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+PageUp.

  2. In the AutoMate 7 Tasks dialog box that appears, select the task you want to stop and click End Task or right-click the task and select End Task from the right-click menu. You can select multiple tasks by holding down the CTRL key during selection.

To stop all tasks:

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+PageUp.

  2. In the AutoMate 7 Tasks dialog box that appears, click the End All button or select End All from the right-click menu. This clears both running tasks and queued tasks.

To force a queued task to run immediately:

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+PageUp.

  2. In the Running Tasks dialog that appears, right-click the queued task you wish to run and select Force Task from the right-click menu that appears.

See Also

Prioritizing Tasks

About Creating Tasks

Creating a Task Using the Wizard

Creating a Task Without the Wizard