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Using Keystrokes action

  • Updated: 2/23/2021
    • Automation 360 v.x
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Using Keystrokes action

Use the Keystrokes action to simulate keystrokes.

Procedure

Follow these steps to add a Keystrokes action:

  1. In the Actions palette, double-click or drag the Keystrokes action from the Keystrokes package.
  2. Specify the window in which to capture an object.
    Choose from the Application, Browser, or Variable tab.
    OptionDescription
    Application Select from a list of currently active windows. This option shows a list of all the application and browser windows that are open on the Bot Creator device.
    Browser Select from a list of Google Chrome tabs that are currently open on the Bot Creator device.
    Note: Currently, this option only supports Google Chrome tabs. For all other browsers, use the Application option.
    Variable Select an existing window variable to specify the title of the application window title.

Insert a wildcard character (*) in the Window title field to search for window titles that can change. You can specify one or more wildcards (*) at the start, middle, or end of the value. For example, to perform an operation on any window that has Microsoft in the title, use a wildcard to indicate any string by adding it before or after the value: *Microsoft*. The bot first searches for the exact window title (Microsoft), and if it does not find a match, it searches for windows with the term Microsoft anywhere in the title.

You can use a regular expression (regex) to identify a window title. Select the regular expression either as a String or Pattern for each regular expression condition and enter the value. By default, the Window title field is case-sensitive. You can enable Case insensitive regex flag to identify a window title that is not case-sensitive.

For example, you can enter the String value as ((\w*)-Notepad for all the window title names starting with ((\w*)-Notepad, or use Pattern such as ((\w)\s)*document-Notepad for only those window titles that match this pattern.

  1. Optional: Select the Resize window option to specify the window dimensions.
    This option delivers a more reliable bot. It resizes the window to the dimensions at which the task was recorded, which enhances the bot's ability to identify the target object.
    • If the window is maximized when you record the task, this option is unselected.
    • If the window is not at the maximum size when you record the task, this option is selected by default and the width and height fields auto-fill with the window dimensions.
    Note: This option is only available for windows that can be resized. It is not available for the Desktop or Taskbar options.
  2. In the Keystrokes, select a radio button:
    • Enter keystrokes here or use the on-screen keyboard: Type or use the keyboard to enter keystrokes.
    • Select a credential: Uses a password stored in the Credential Vault.
  3. Optional: In the Delay between each keystroke in ms field, the delay time.
    Note: The default is set to 10 milliseconds.
  4. Click Save.
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