Read Timer Action



See Also

Timer Actions-Setting Properties


Reads a timer without stopping it. Populates a vairable with the elapsed time of the timer session using the indicated scale.

Practical Usage

Used in conjunction with the Start Timer and Stop Timer steps to get an interim reading from a timer session that was started in an earlier step. This action records the elapsed time in a variable, but does not stop the timer.  


General Tab

Timer Name

Text, Optional - Default "TimerSession1"
MARKUP: SESSION="TimerSession2"

Specifies the name of the timer session established by the Start Timer action. This allows several timers to be running simultaneously.

Populate Variable With Elapsed Time

Text, Required

Specifies the variable to populate with the timer reading.

Time Scale

Text, Optional - Default "seconds"

Specifies the scale to be used in calculating the time. Options are: hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds.


Custom Description

This action includes the Description tab for entering a custom step description.

More on setting custom step description

Standard Error Handling Options

This action also includes the standard Error Causes and On Error failure handling options/tabs.

More on Error Handling Options

Variables and Expressions

All text fields allow the use of expressions, which can be entered by surrounding the expression in percentage signs (example: %MYVARIABLE%, %Left('Text',2)%). To help construct these expressions, you can open Expression Builder from these fields by pressing F2.

More on variables
More on expressions

More on the expression builder


NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.

<AMREADTIMER SESSION="TimerSession2" RESULTVARIABLE="VariableName2" SCALE="Milliseconds" />