1. Course Introduction

Overview

UiPath allows users to record and automate actions taken in different applications. This lesson will discuss the course structure and the automation actions we’ll cover.

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Summary

  1. Automation by recording actions (00:21)

    UiPath allows users to interact with a variety of desktop applications and automate tasks through its various recording commands. This course will cover the two most common: desktop and web. 

  2. Course structure (01:11)

    This course is divided into four sections.

    In the first section, we’ll learn how to record interactions with desktop applications. Specifically, we’ll record interactions with Notepad and WordPad.

    In the second section, we’ll learn how to customize and optimize recorded interactions to ensure our bots are efficient and effective.

    In the third section, we’ll learn how to record interactions with web browsers.

    In the final section, we’ll learn how to scrape data from both desktop applications and web browsers.

Transcript

Software automation is a growth area for many types of businesses. While there are many different solutions for automating data processing and analysis, it can be more difficult to automate user actions in various software environments.

An example of this type of automation is the macro recorder in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. However, these solutions are program specific. So while you can create a macro that automates actions taken in Google Sheets, you can't use that macro to export your spreadsheet data to Tableau and create a dashboard.

This is where you UiPath comes in. In this course we'll focus on leveraging UIPaths abilities to interact with software applications.

UI Path allows users to interact with a variety of desktop applications through its various recording commands. While there are multiple recording tapes in UiPath, we'll cover the two most common, desktop and web. These two types cover the vast majority of UI automation tasks undertaken by most users. This course will explore these automation tasks in four different sections.

First, we'll learn how to record interactions with desktop applications.

In this section, we'll use UiPath to record several automation tasks with notepad and WordPad. These applications come pre-installed in Microsoft Windows and offer ideal environments for understanding exactly how UiPaths recording tools work.

After that we'll learn how to customize and optimize recorded interactions to make changes to our bots and ensure that they're running efficiently. Specifically, we'll look at how to update our recorded interactions without rerecording them and understand what input actions are and how they can affect how our bots interact with our desktop environment.

Next, we'll learn how to record interactions with web browsers. In this section, we'll see how to prepare UiPath for recording in web browsers and understand how recording in these browsers differs from recording in desktop applications.

Finally, we'll learn how to scrape data from desktop applications and web browsers. These tools will allow you to easily export data from virtually any source. We'll look at how to scrape text data from a single screen of a desktop application and multiple pages of a PDF file.

We'll then look at how to scrape both structured and unstructured data from websites.

We'll start in the next lesson by learning how to record interactions with desktop applications.