Automation

Macro Recorder

This macro function launches the separate software "Macro Recorder" and executes the macro automation created in Macro Recorder.

The automation data is stored in the macro (i.e. the phrase file/database).

Double-click the macro opens Macro Recorder, allowing you to edit the automation.

To create a Macro Recorder automation:
  1. Create a new phrase in PhraseExpress.
  2. In the PhraseExpress macro menu, select Macro Recorder.
  3. Record the procedure in Macro Recorder.
  4. Exit Macro Recorder.

The Macro Recorder automatisation is represented in the phrase by the macro token within the phrase and stored in the phrase file.

Automation playback and editing of Macro Recorder requires a local Macro Recorder installation.

Create email

This macro function creates a new email with your default email client.

The PhraseExpress Outlook Add-In offers extended options for automated e-mail replies.

Strange characters in the mail body may be caused by email programs with UTF-8 character encoding (e.g. Microsoft Outlook ). In such a case, enable UTF-8 support in the expert settings.

Multiple file attachments can be separated by a vertical line ("pipe char").

If the attachment file names contain space characters, enclose the path in "".

If using Lotus Notes, enable MAPI support in Lotus Notes, which is disabled by default.

The email macro offers additional features if using Microsoft Outlook, such as definition of a file attachment and "unlimited" body text length. E-Mails sent using the mailto: system command supports limited body text length. Reduce the amount of text in case of an error message.

Open a web page

This macro function opens the specified web page in the default internet browser.

The wait switch pauses the phrase execution until the web page is fully loaded (IE only) or after the optional timeout (in seconds).

Open File Explorer

This macro function opens the specified file folder in the File Explorer.

Launch program

This macro function launches the specified program.

If the desired application is not registered in the operating system, you need to enter the full program path.

The maco does not change the input focus to the launched program If you wish to automate additional actions in the application launched by this macro function, you must explicitly set the focus to that application. Otherwise, subsequent macro functions or text will be interpreted by the app, which had focus when you triggered the phrase containing the run macro.

PhraseExpress automates tasks faster, than the controlled application may be able to react and you may need to add delay macros.

Open file

This macro function opens the specified file with the default application associated with the file type.

If the desired application is not registered in the operating system, you need to enter the entire program path.

If the macro opens another program and if you wish to execute further macro functions in that application, you need to set the focus to that application. Otherwise, subsequent macro functions will be executed in the app, from where you triggered the phrase.

Set program focus

This macro function switches the focus to the specified program based on its window title (e.g. "calculator"). The function is ignored if the specified application is not running.

PhraseExpress cannot set the input focus within the program. In most cases, you can reach a specific input box by simulating the TAB key.

PhraseExpress automates tasks faster, than the controlled application may be able to react and you may need to add delay macros.

You can use a wildcard * in the window title definition. For example, "calc*" would match for "calculator" and "calc*".

Loop

This macro function repeats the specified contents x-times.

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