Triggers Properties

A trigger is an event, time or condition that causes a task to automatically execute. The Triggers tab allows you to select which trigger(s) to assign to a task.

NOTE: A task must have at least one trigger to run automatically, however, it is not a requirement. Tasks that have no triggers assigned may still be run manually from the Task Administrator by highlighting the task and clicking the Run button.

To add a Trigger:

Click the Add button. A dialog titled Triggers appears (as shown below). Choose from AutoMate's available triggers to specify what should cause this task to run (e.g. Schedule, hot-key, Window pop-up or other event) by highlighting the trigger and clicking the OK button. The properties of the selected trigger then appears. After entering the desired properties, click OK to save the settings and close the properties window.



To remove a trigger:

Select the trigger from the list and click the Remove button.

To edit a trigger's properties:

Select the trigger from the list and click the Edit button. The properties of the trigger will appear allowing changes to be made. When finished, click OK to save any modifications and close the properties dialog.

Attaching multiple triggers

Multiple triggers of the same or differing types may be attached to a single task, for example if a task should run once daily simply add a schedule trigger, if it should also run when a certain hot-key is pressed, simply add a hot-key trigger as well. Attaching multiple triggers acts as an "OR" condition (as opposed to AND) whereby either of the trigger event will launch the task.


AND conditions can be created by attaching the first requirement as a trigger then adding steps in the task that use the IF action to evaluate any extra conditions and stop the task if they are not met before the remainder of the steps are carried out.

See Also:

About Triggers

All Available Triggers

About Creating Tasks

Creating a Task Using the Wizard

Creating a Task Without the Wizard