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Welcome! You've already downloaded and successfully installed RPA Express. You may already be considering possible use cases for automation that will improve your business. Let's walk through several simple steps in RPA Express so you can start right away. 

Watch "Getting Started with RPA Express" Video

This video will help you start working with WorkFusion RPA Express. You will learn about the tool's user interface, see how to create recordings, and use variables and built-in actions in scripts.

Run a sample recording in WorkFusion Studio

In this step, you will learn how to run sample recordings WorkFusion Studio to see RPA Express in action. You will run the first sample and see execution progress and results. After that, you can run any Studio sample.

  1. Launch RPA Express and wait until the RPA Express icon appears in your task bar.
  2. Click on the icon to open the tray menu.
  3. Click on WorkFusion Studio to open it.

    When you launch WorkFusion Studio for the first time, you will see the Welcome page. On this page, you can find video tutorials, sample recordings, and links to training materials.

    If the Welcome hasn't opened, you can open it from the Studio menu: Help > Welcome to WorkFusion Studio.
  4. To open a sample recording from the Welcome page, click on its name.

    The recording will open in the Record Perspective (RPA Recorder).
  5. Once the sample recording is opened, you can play it by pressing Play recording.

    While the recording is playing, you can see its execution on the screen (opening folders and applications, etc.) and its progress on the progress bar.

    After a script's successful execution, you will see green checkmarks in front of each executed step.

You can run all other sample recordings from the Welcome page this way.

Make your first recording

In this step, you will learn how to create a recording of your actions in WorkFusion Studio.

Now, as you got familiar with WorkFusion Studio, let's try to make your first recording.

Let's make a recording which types My First Recording :) in Notepad and saves it as MyFirstRecording.txt to your desktop.

  1. Open WorkFusion Studio.
  2. Click Start New Recording (or use Ctrl+6).
  3. Set a name for your recording and click OK.

    Now the recording is started and it will capture all your actions. You should see the recorder panel with a running timer in the lower-right corner of the screen.
Perform your workflow actions in a natural way, so that the bot can capture them.

Here's the order of your steps.

  1. Click Win+R to launch the Windows Run dialogue.
  2. Type notepad and click Enter in order to open Notepad.
  3. Type My First Recording:) in the file.
  4. Click File > Save as. Name your file as MyFirstRecording and save it on your Desktop.
  5. Click the Stop Recording button on the recorder panel. Your first recording is ready.
  6. Click Play recording to play your recording.

    Well done!

Import and run a ready RPA Express script

As the next step of your introduction to RPA Express, you will see an example of an automated case that was implemented using RPA Express functionality. You will import this script in your WorkFusion Studio and run it. You will also be able to play other ready RPA Express scripts available in our Bot Library.

What the script does

The script shows how to use WorkFusion Community Forum:

  • opens it in a browser
  • goes to the RPA Express category
  • adds it to browser bookmarks
  • shows the list of topics
  • searches for topics
  • opens the first link from the search results
  • scrolls through the topic and clicks on Reply button

At the end, you will see the Forum login pop-up.

Note

For proper script execution, we recommend using Google Chrome browser.

How to open and run the script

To run this sample on your PC, follow the steps below.

  1. Download the archive and unzip it.
  2. Move the folder to the default location of your workspace: C:\Users\<your_username>\workfusion-workspace\rpae_project, if you didn't change it during installation.
  3. Open WorkFusion Studio, find and expand the new folder in the Media Files tab, and double-click on the visit-forum.rpae file.
  4. Click Play recording and observe bot execution.

You can find more sample scripts in our Bot Library. Follow the instructions there to download and run these scripts. Note that some scripts may require some edits before execution.

Create your own script

Now it's time to create your first script in WorkFusion Studio using the built-in Actions Library.

As the automation example, you will create your own script that will open the feedback page, automatically populate fields with your own values and send us your feedback about this Getting Started page.

Here's what you should do.

  1. Open WorkFusion Studio and click File > New Recording or press Ctrl+5.
  2. In the Recorder Variables tab, set up the following String variables containing your unique values that will populate the required fields on the page:
    1. email – Enter your business email into the Default Value field.

    2. feedback_text – Enter text of your feedback about this Getting Started page into Default Value.


  3. From the Actions Library, drag Open Website action to Actions Flow.
    1. Enter http://learn.workfusion.com/rpa-express-create-your-first-bot into the Site URL field.
    2. Specify your browser in Browser field (we recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

  4. Then, your script needs to insert your email address to the Business Email address field. To do it, add the Web Element action. Drag the action inside the Open Website group.
    1. Select Set value mode.
    2. Select the email variable for Input.
    3. Insert the element's XPath:

      //*[@name="emailAddress"]

  5. To click the required radio button, add the Mouse Click action, select Web Element, and paste one of these XPaths into the field depending on your opinion of this Getting Started page:

    //*[@value="Neutral"]
    //*[@value="Useful"]
    //*[@value="Not useful"]

  6. Then insert your feedback text in the Any additional feedback field. For that, add the Web Element action.
    1. Select Set value mode.
    2. Select the feedback_text variable for Input.
    3. Insert the element's XPath:

      //*[@name="paragraphText"]

  7. Now you're almost finished. To press the Submit button, add a Mouse Click action, select Web Element, and paste the button Xpath in the field:

    //*[@type="submit"]

  8. Add a Wait action (3,000 ms) to make sure the feedback is sent.

    Congratulations! Your first script is ready. Now you can try to run it by pressing the Play recording button.

Have more questions about RPA Express?

There are several sources where you can get help.

  • Visit our Forum to ask the community. Remember you need to log in to ask your questions.
  • Need to know more details about how RPA Express works? Explore the rest of our RPA Express Knowledge Base.
  • Want to get more structured knowledge and get certificates? Explore our Automation Academy.
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  • Have other questions you can't find answers for? Write to our Customer Support team: rpaexpress@workfusion.com.
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