Making your macros intelligent with If, Else, and Endif
The power and flexibility of Macro Scheduler makes this an easy task.There are hundreds of different reasons you might want to do this. Maybe it's dependent on :
- The answer to a question.
- The success/failure of an operation.
- The contents of a file.
- If a file or folder exists.
- If a certain mathematical goal is reached (e.g. if>count=100).
- If a certain image is visible on the screen.
- If the value of a cell in an Excel spreadsheet matches your requirement.
- If an email was/wasn't successfully sent.
- If a value on a web page matches your criteria.
- The day/date/time or year
That's just a handful of the many hundreds of variables we can check, but the basic rules of IF, Else, and Endif are always the same. Let's use asking a simple yes/no question as an example. We simply tell the macro something like this:
Ask a yes/no questionIt's that simple! So, how do we put that into simple Macro Scheduler language? Here's how :
If the answer is yes Then do this
If the answer is no Then do that
//ask a yes/no question Ask>Do you like brussel sprouts?,question //depending on the answer given, the macro will execute *one* of the two lines below, then continue on with the rest of the script If>%question%=YES MessageModal>I agree, but let's keep it our secret Else MessageModal>Right. They're ghastly Endif //you can abbreviate messagemodal to mdl mdl>OK, on with the rest of this script.
Ask>Do you like brussel sprouts?,question If>%question%=YES MessageModal>I agree, but let's keep it our secret Else MessageModal>Right. They're ghastly Endif mdl>OK, on with the rest of this script.
If>your condition is/isn't met //do this //or else Else //do that Endif
If>your condition is met //This line only executes if the condition is met, otherwise it's ignored Endif