Automation Anywhere Interview Questions

21 March, 2019


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Following are some of the most frequently asked Automation Anywhere interview questions in the interview, here are the answers for them.

What Can I Do With Automation Anywhere?

Automation Anywhere can automate any repetitive tasks on your computer or the Internet.

Automation Anywhere comes with a number of sample tasks that you can run to become familiar with what Automation Anywhere can do. To run a sample task, in the Folders list, choose Sample Tasks. Under Task List, highlight a task, and choose Run. (To view the commands contained in a task, highlight the task and choose Edit.)

  • Automation Anywhere speeds your workflow by automating many complex tasks – for example:
  • Use Automation Anywhere to automate time-consuming business processes: check inventory, re-order supplies, generate reports, enable fast data entry and formatting, etc.
  • Automate Web tasks. For example: logging into websites, searching, submitting forms, updating records, managing ERP Web front-ends, etc.
  • Automation Anywhere is ideal for automating complex IT tasks: website monitoring, website testing, repetitive system administration tasks, etc.
  • Use Automation Anywhere to automate data transfers, and import or export data between applications or from files.
  • Automate routine backups and file management tasks.
  • Automate software testing and routine Web development testing tasks.
  • Use Automation Anywhere to automate job scheduling.
  • Automation Anywhere is ideal for batch data processing.
  • Automate FTP tasks.
  • With a Premier or Enterprise license, you can easily share tasks by converting them to standalone .exe files. For example, businesses and IT managers can generate .exes for common software configuration and management tasks, such as installing software changes, etc.

What is Control Room?

Control Room is Server Component in AA. This component is to hold the entire information in the tools.

Control room is an operation and authentication of all clients within client environment. It is controlled all the user and monitoring task based on the control room operation.

We can easy to controlled users, testers and high level people within the organization.

Control Room Options:

  • Dashboard
  • Repository Manager
  • Operation Control Room
  • Audit Trail
  • Task Scheduler
  • Security
  • Client
  • Credential Manager
  • App. Management

How to copy an Excel cell and move to the next cell in your record?

When you highlight the cell and use Ctrl + C to copy a cell in Excel, it copies an extra ENTER keystroke along with the data in the cell. To copy only the cell in the Excel file, use the keystrokes:


The above keystrokes will copy the data in the cell.

Now, if you want to move the cursor to the next cell after copying the current cell, use the following keystrokes: ENTER to move one row down in the same column

TAB to move to the next cell to the RIGHT in the same row

    Shift + ENTER ( [SHIFT DOWN][ENTER][SHIFT UP] ) to move one row up in the same column     Shift + TAB ( [SHIFT DOWN][TAB][SHIFT UP] ) to move to the next cell to the LEFT in the same row

To skip a cell, you need to use the corresponding key twice. For example, to move RIGHT to alternate cells, you must enter [TAB][TAB]

How to paste data in your application and move to the next item?

Most applications support the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V to paste data that has been copied to the clipboard. To paste the data using the keyboard, you need to ensure that the focus is at the correct place, e.g., the correct cell in a table, or the correct control in a browser page, etc. You can then perform the Ctrl + V keystroke. To simulate Ctrl + V in Automation Anywhere, you need to write it as


The above series of keystrokes will paste the data into your application.

The following examples illustrate how to move to the next record/cell in your application using the keyboard:

Use the TAB key to move from a highlighted link to the next link in an Internet Explorer Web page

Use the [RIGHT ARROW] to move to the next cell in the same row in a Microsoft Word table.

Some applications also support using the Spacebar to move to the next control or button.

How to create timestamps for your files using Automation Anywhere System variables?

Automation Anywhere provides the following system variables that you can use to append timestamps:

  • Year
  • Month
  • Day
  • Hour
  • Minute
  • Second
  • Date

You can combine these variables to create timestamp of your own design.


To append Year, Month, Day at the end of ABC, you can write:


To create a complete timestamp with date and time, you can write:


You can also include text characters between the variables, e.g.,


You can configure your own format for the Date variable. Choose Tools > Variable Manager > System Variable > Date. If you use the Date variable to append a date to filenames, be sure there are no slashes (/) in your date format, since filenames in Windows may not use the / character.

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What is the recommended way to open an application as part of a task?

When you record a task, you might double-click the icon of an application on the desktop or go to Start

  • Programs and click the application's icon. It is very likely that the location of these icons will change, resulting in an error when the task runs. However, to prevent these errors, we recommend that you follow the following recommendations:
  • Open the task in the Task Editor.
  • Select the actions that involve going to menu items and clicking. They may involve several mouse moves and mouse clicks.

Delete these actions:

Replace them with single-line commands that you create by double-clicking the Open Program/File command and specifying the path to the application you want to open. The Open Program/File dialog includes a text box where you can type parameters that Automation Anywhere will pass to the application. The task will now open your application, no matter where the icon is located.

Explain different recorders in AA?

Recorders are of three types

Smart recorder All object cloning
Screen recorder Capture window object -simple tasks for processes that involve mouse clicks and keyboard operations.
Web recorder Capture Web Project

What is Manage Web Control?

To capture image links, radio buttons, text boxes, check boxes and other web control Automation Anywhere Web Recorder -> Manage Web Controls allows capture of web controls and assign them variables.

Difference between Manage Windows/Web controls and Object Cloning?

Manage Windows Controls command allows you to work with windows controls like check-boxes and radio buttons. With this command, you can find out if the radio button or check box is checked or not. Automation Anywhere supports only standard Windows checkboxes and radio buttons.

Object Cloning command to recognized

Objects and a variety of their properties, including Name, Type, Path, and Value

What is Image Recognition in terms of AA?

Image Recognition is another feature of the Visualize Technology available in Automation Anywhere Enterprise. Using the Visualize Technology, Image Recognition allows the recognition and comparison of images from file or window.

How to lock, shutdown and restart machine using AA? Lock the computer

  1. In Automation Anywhere Client, open the Task Editor. To open an existing task, select the task in the Task List, and click Edit. To create a new task, click New, or choose Tools > Task Editor.
  2. In the Task Editor, in the Commands list, double-click System. A submenu appears.
  3. Double-click Lock Computer. The System dialog appears. Note the green symbol indicating that the Shutdown command can help save energy and spare the environment.
  4. Click Save.

Shut down the computer

  1. In Automation Anywhere Client, open the Task Editor. To open an existing task, select the task in the Task List, and click Edit. To create a new task, click New, or choose Tools > Task Editor.
  2. In the Task Editor, in the Commands list, double-click System. A submenu appears.
  3. Double-click Shutdown. The System dialog appears. Note the green symbol, indicating that the Shutdown command can help save energy and spare the environment.
  4. Click Save.

Restart the computer

  1. In Automation Anywhere Client, open the Task Editor. To open an existing task, select the task in the Task List, and click Edit. To create a new task, click New, or choose Tools > Task Editor.
  2. In the Task Editor, in the Commands list, double-click System. A submenu appears.
  3. Double-click Restart.
  4. Click Save. Note: Always put System commands last in tasks, since actions entered after the System command will not be executed.

Tip : You can have Automation Anywhere Client perform an auto-login, so that when your cbomputer restarts, Automation Anywhere Client will enter your username and password.

What are the components of Automation Anywhere Architecture?

Architecture of automation anywhere tool revolves around 2 components which are-

Control room and client. In the client, the task can be created (script) and same can be uploaded in control room.

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What are the important options to make it ease of using Automation Anywhere Task editor's filter?

Group By Windows Group all your actions by windows for easy editing
Mouse moves Display or hide all mouse moves actions from the editor
Keystrokes Display or hide all keystrokes actions from the editor
Mouse clicks Display or hide all mouse clicks actions from the editor
Delay Display or hide all delay actions from the editor
Others Display or hide all commands from the editor that are not mouse moves, keystrokes, mouse clicks, or delays

What are the typical steps involved in Automation Anywhere process?

Selecting or choosing the testing tools like Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism is the primary thing. After that, the next step is defining the automation scope followed by the phases planning, designing as well as development. Testing execution is the next step and maintenance is the final step. It is crucial to follow steps while defining the sequence thus eliminating confusion.

What are the significant factors to consider while planning Automation Anywhere?

The first thing before considering anything is paying attention and selecting the automation tool that is beneficial. It also requires paying attention to the framework in the case where it is present. Identifying the test deliverables is the other factor to consider. Also, other factors such as project timelines, execution, etc. must be taken care of during the planning phase.

What are the primary reasons for considering automation anywhere instead of manual testing?

The primary issue is manual testing requires a lot of additional resources as well as more time consumption. Also exists some errors due to inaccuracy in cases of large projects with time boundaries. It’s not a wise option for choosing manual testing at instances of complex documentation levels as it can degrade the performance of the resources. Even the resources performing testing or the learners taking automation anywhere training or Blue Prism training in Bangalore may lose interest in achieving the same task again and again in a short span of time.


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