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As our users demanding more and more functions in RPA Express to respond to the challenges of their business cases, we are striving to fulfill these demands with new releases. But it's not possible to cover all possible use cases with the new actions or improvements and enhancements of the available ones. At the same time, most of the cases can be automated with the use of the implemented functions. Though, this approach requires deep knowledge of both RPA Express functionality and the subject area. The present section is aimed to share such knowledge and experience with the RPA Express users to give some useful hints for solving the automation tasks.

Recorder Actions Library

Use the below link as a reference to the functions implemented as Recorder actions.

Recorder Actions in RPA Express User Guide

XPath Syntax

Using the link below you can find the useful information about XPath and a few practical cases about dealing with the elements and objects on the HTML pages with the help of XPath.

XPath at w3schools web-site

Hotkeys

This section contains the sets of hotkeys in Windows and Windows applications and utilities.

Windows Hotkeys

Microsoft Windows keyboard shortcuts

General keyboard shortcuts

#Press this keyTo do this
1Ctrl + XCut the selected item
2Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy the selected item
3Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste the selected item
4Ctrl + ZUndo an action
5Alt + TabSwitch between open apps
6Alt + F4Close the active item, or exit the active app
7Windows logo key  + LLock your PC
8Windows logo key  + DDisplay and hide the desktop
9F2Rename the selected item
10F3Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
11F4Display the address bar list in File Explorer
12F5Refresh the active window
13F6Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
14F10Activate the Menu bar in the active app
15Alt + F8Show your password on the sign-in screen
16Alt + EscCycle through items in the order in which they were opened
17Alt + underlined letterPerform the command for that letter
18Alt + EnterDisplay properties for the selected item
19Alt + SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu for the active window
20Alt + Left arrowGo back
21Alt + Right arrowGo forward
22Alt + Page UpMove up one screen
23Alt + Page DownMove down one screen
24Ctrl + F4Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time)
25Ctrl + ASelect all items in a document or window
26Ctrl + D (or Delete)Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
27Ctrl + R (or F5)Refresh the active window
28Ctrl + YRedo an action
29Ctrl + Right arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word
30Ctrl + Left arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
31Ctrl + Down arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
32Ctrl + Up arrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
33Ctrl + Alt + TabUse the arrow keys to switch between all open apps
34Ctrl + Alt + Shift + arrow keysWhen a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified
35Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + SpacebarSelect multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
36Ctrl + Shift with an arrow keySelect a block of text
37Ctrl + EscOpen Start
38Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
39Ctrl + ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
40Ctrl + SpacebarTurn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off
41Shift + F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
42Shift with any arrow keySelect more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document
43Shift + DeleteDelete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
44Right arrowOpen the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
45Left arrowOpen the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
46EscStop or leave the current task

Windows Explorer shortcuts

#Press this keyTo do this
1Alt + DSelect the address bar
2Ctrl + ESelect the search box
3Ctrl + FSelect the search box
4Ctrl + NOpen a new window
5Ctrl + WClose the active window
6Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelChange the size and appearance of file and folder icons
7Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders above the selected folder
8Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
9Num Lock + asterisk (*)Display all subfolders under the selected folder
10Num Lock + plus (+)Display the contents of the selected folder
11Num Lock + minus (-)Collapse the selected folder
12Alt + PDisplay the preview panel
13Alt + EnterOpen the Properties dialog box for the selected item
14Alt + Right arrowView the next folder
15Alt + Up arrowView the folder that the folder was in
16Alt + Left arrowView the previous folder
17BackspaceView the previous folder
18Right arrowDisplay the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder
19Left arrowCollapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in
20EndDisplay the bottom of the active window
21HomeDisplay the top of the active window
22F11Maximize or minimize the active window

Command Prompt shortcuts

#Press this keyTo do this
1Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy the selected text
2Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste the selected text
3Ctrl + MEnter Mark mode
4Alt + selection keyBegin selection in block mode
5Arrow keysMove the cursor in the direction specified
6Page upMove the cursor by one page up
7Page downMove the cursor by one page down
8Ctrl + Home (Mark mode)Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer
9Ctrl + End (Mark mode)Move the cursor to the end of the buffer
10Ctrl + Up arrowMove up one line in the output history
11Ctrl + Down arrowMove down one line in the output history
12Ctrl + Home (History navigation)If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the top of the buffer. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the left of the cursor in the command line.
13Ctrl + End (History navigation)If the command line is empty, move the viewport to the command line. Otherwise, delete all the characters to the right of the cursor in the command line.

Dialog Box keyboard shortcuts

#Press this keyTo do this
1F4Display the items in the active list
2Ctrl + TabMove forward through tabs
3Ctrl + Shift + TabMove back through tabs
4Ctrl + number (number 1–9)Move to nth tab
5TabMove forward through options
6Shift + TabMove back through options
7Alt + underlined letterPerform the command (or select the option) that is used with that letter
8SpacebarSelect or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
9BackspaceOpen a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
10Arrow keysSelect a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

Excel Hotkeys

Microsoft Excel keyboard shortcuts

#To do thisPress
1

Close a spreadsheet

Ctrl+W

2

Open a spreadsheet

Ctrl+O

3

Go to the Home tab

Alt+H

4

Save a spreadsheet

Ctrl+S

5

Copy

Ctrl+C

6

Paste

Ctrl+V

7

Undo

Ctrl+Z

8

Remove cell contents

Delete key

9

Choose a fill color

Alt+H, H

10

Cut

Ctrl+X

11

Go to Insert tab

Alt+N

12

Bold

Ctrl+B

13

Center align cell contents

Alt+H, A, then C

14

Go to Page Layout tab

Alt+P

15

Go to Data tab

Alt+A

16

Go to View tab

Alt+W

17

Open context menu

Shift+F10, or Context key

18

Add borders

Alt+H, B

19

Delete column

Alt+H,D, then C

20

Go to Formula tab

Alt+M

21

Hide the selected rows

Ctrl+9

22

Hide the selected columns

Ctrl+0



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