Winautomation is another great automation tool that boosts the automation process. Fortunately, this post explains it all.
What is Winautomation?
Winautomation is a Windows automation software that consists of two parts:
Client: This part is installed on the computer where the actions are to perform.
Server: This runs on your local machine or in the cloud. This server receives instructions from the client and performs tasks on its behalf.
How does Winautomation work?
The client, installed on the computer to be automated, receives instructions from the server, which tells it what to do. The client performs all the actions/tasks and sends a report back to the server. The server receives this report and processes it accordingly. This process is shown in the following diagram.
Please note that, unlike other automation tools, Winautomation also supports auditing and reporting. This can be a great advantage if you want to keep track of your work at regular intervals. Here’s how you can get started with this tool:
Installing and configuring Winautomation
Step 1 – Downloading Winautomation
Winautomation has an official website that gives you access to both free and commercial versions of its software. Before you start downloading, make sure that .NET Framework 4 Client Profile installe on your computer.
If it installs already, then install it by clicking here. Once .NET Framework 4 Client Profile has been downloaded and installed properly, you can download Winautomation by clicking here or visiting the official website at http://www.winautomation.com/.
Step 2 – Installing Winautomation
When you run the setup file, you will see a screen like below:
Click the ‘Next’ button for installation steps as shown below image:
Step 3 – Creating a new project.
Once the installation has been completed, you can see the ‘WinAutomation’ window on your desktop:
You have several options here to create a project: Create New Project option, Import Project option, or Add Project Folder option as shown below:
Let’s select Add Project Folder option because I already have few folders on my computer and would like to import them into the tool project after performing some cleanup tasks (in my example, I am using files from ‘C:\Users\Ashish\Documents\Wintomation.
‘ folder). The following image shows the ‘Add Project Folder’ screen:
Step 4 – Adding your project folders into Winautomation.
Clicking the OK button will take you to the ‘Project Explorer’ screen. You can see all the subfolders and files in your project that you have selected in the above step. Now it’s time to add each of these folders into the automation tool:
Right-click on any folder and select the ‘Add to Project’ option as shown below. You will see a small window appearing on the top of your screen:
Select the ‘Add’ option here to add a folder into the tool. Once you click Add, you will see a window that shows how many files are present in your selected folder that you want to add into Winautomation.
Select the Continue button when you are ready, and all the folders and files in your selected folder will be added to Winautomation. You can go ahead and add all the required folders now into Winautomation using this same method.
Step 5 – Removing unnecessary files from the WinAutomation project.
Now we have our project added with few folders into the program. Still, these folders have a lot of unnecessary files (i.e., files which we don’t want to get automated) so let’s clean them up now by removing unnecessary files from each folder: Right-click on any file or folder and select the Remove option as shown below:
Once removed, you will see a message saying ‘File/Folder removed successfully’ as shown below:
Repeat the above steps for each folder/file that you want to remove from your project.