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Example - Notepad Automation

In this example, we will create automation to perform the following actions:

  1. Open the Notepad application and load a specified text file
  2. Insert a line of text at the end of the text file
  3. Save the text file
  4. Close the Notepad application

Prerequisites#

  • Create a text file Sample.txt on your desktop
  • Open Notepad and load the above text file
  • Open Process Designer and create a blank process. Give a name to that Process.

Process Designing#

  1. Drag and drop Start Process Activity. Configure the following properties:
    • File Name: assign "notepad.exe"
    • Arguments: assign "\<change-to-your-desktop-folder>/sample.txt"
    • Process: create a new variable of type Process and provide the name of that variable here. For example: npprocess
  2. Create a string variable and assign some text value to be written into sample.txt
  3. Drag and drop Send Keys activity. Configure the following properties:
    • Process: assign npprocess
    • Text to send: assign the variable name created in the previous step.
    • Click on Element Selector and select the Notepad process from the dropdown. Select the text area UI element and press [F2] key
  4. Type some text inside sample.txt opened in Notepad
  5. Drag and drop Mouse Click activity. Configure the following properties:
    • Click Type: select Left_Click
    • Process: assign npprocess
    • Click on Element Selector and select the Notepad process from the dropdown. Select the File menu element and press [F2] key
  6. Drag and drop Mouse Click activity. Configure the following properties:
    • Click Type: select Left_Click
    • Process: assign npprocess
    • Click on Element Selector and select the Notepad process from the dropdown. Select the File > Save menu element and press [F2] key
  7. Drag and drop Mouse Click activity. Configure the following properties:
    • Click Type: select Left_Click
    • Process: assign npprocess
    • Click on Element Selector and select the Notepad process from the dropdown. Select the Close [X] menu element from top-right corner and press [F2] key
  8. Save the Process
  9. Click Run to execute the Process
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