Explore Power Automate Desktop, Windows 11’s task automator

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2022-07-27 19:37:17

Based on the Microsoft Flow platform, Power Automate Desktop is built into Windows 11 by Microsoft. This is a very powerful and convenient tool that automates the operations that users often repeat over and over. computer, thereby helping to shorten working time effectively.

In general, the way Power Automate Desktop works is very similar to Shortcuts on iOS or Automator on macOS. And if you are interested, here is how to use Power Automate Desktop on Windows 11 for your reference.

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Open the Start Menu and select Power Automate Desktop, or enter the keyword “power automate” in the search bar and click on the corresponding result.

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The first time you use it, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account.

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Next, select the correct country and region where you live and press “Get Started”.

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Wait a few seconds, the main interface of Power Automate will appear. To start a new automated process, click “New flow”.

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Name this new process so it’s easy for you to manage.

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After naming, the working interface of the process you just created will appear.

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The operation window of this new process is divided into 3 parts. The first is “Actions”, which contains over 370 pre-made actions. “Main” is where you can adjust your workflow and flow activities. And “Variables” is where the input/output variables are when you’re building a flow. You can build a process in 3 ways, one is to drag and drop tasks from pre-built flows from the left pane and the other is to use the task logger. The third way is to combine both ways to create the flows you like.

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For example, in this article we will try to create a process that automatically plays music using Windows Media Player. Click the “Record” button (circle). Then, the recorder window will automatically pop out. Please click “Record”.

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Recording will begin. At this point, proceed to open the songs with Windows Media Player very slowly so that Power Automate can accurately record your actions completely. When you’re done recording, click “Finish”.

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Power Automate will restate your actions and display it in a new custom workflow view.

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Your job now is simply to review and adjust the operations. When you’re satisfied, tap the save icon.

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Now, when you need to do something that you’ve recorded with Power Automate, just hit the Play button in the process name you set and watch everything happen automatically.

Good luck.

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