Settings tab allows choosing how a simultaneous execution of the same Task is handled. Depending on triggering parameters and Task execution specifics, it may happen that an earlier executed instance of the Task is still running (or even only queued) when another instance is being launched. When configuring Task's multiple instance handling, a careful consideration has to be taken on whether its structure allows for running of parallel instances or only sequential instance execution can work.

It is also possible to set Task working folder. The parameter will be used for path specification for all Actions that do not explicitly point to particular location. Task maximum run time specifies the amount of time after which the Task will be forcefully terminated.

Settings propertiesDescription
Start in folderSpecify Task working folder which will be used as a default path if not specified otherwise. Note that during Task execution the current folder can be changed by using Change current folder Action.
If an instance of already running (or queued) task is being executedSelect how new instance of already running Task will be handled. Depending on Task architecture user can choose one of the following scenarios:
  • Run task in parallel - A new instance of Task is executed in parallel with already running Task.
  • Do not start the new task - The new Task instance is not started.
  • Stop existing task and start the new instance - The Task already in execution is stopped and a new instance is started.
  • Stop existing task and do not start the new instance - The Task already in execution is stopped and the new Task instance is not started.
  • Queue a new task instance until existing task finishes - The new instance of Task is placed into a queue and awaits completion of already running Task before being executed.
Stop task instance that runs longer thanSpecify the maximum time limit for running an instance of the Task. Note: The Task is stopped only when its currently performed Action completes.
Time unitsTime unitsAllows precise specifying of time periods in milliseconds, seconds, minutes, hours or days.
BrowseBrowseUse Browse button to specify particular file or folder on disk, on LAN (local area network) shares, etc.
Task settings properties
Additional notes:
  • The value specified as Start in folder parameter can be retrieved from any Action within the Task by using Task start in folder value from Task Properties group of Automation Workshop category in Variable Wizard.
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