What are actions?

Actions are the commands that your Setup Factory installer can perform at run time. Each action is a discrete instruction that tells the installer to do something—whether it's to modify the registry, open an external document, or jump to another screen.

In other words, actions are what make your installer do stuff.

And there's a lot of stuff your installer can do! (Just have a look at the alphabetical list of actions.)

When do actions happen?

Actions are always triggered by events. An event is something that occurs at run time while the user is proceeding through your setup. This includes things like clicking on the next button on a screen (the "On Next" screen event).

Where do I find these events?

The events will appear as tabs on the action editor. There are three types of events in Setup Factory: project events, screen events and uninstall events. Below you will find an example of this:




How do I add an action?

As mentioned above, actions can be added in several places.

Actions can be added to project events by selecting Project > Actions... from the program menu.
Actions can be added to screen events by selecting the actions tab of the screen's properties dialog.
Actions can be added to the uninstall's events by selecting Uninstall > Actions... from the program menu.


Once the action editor is open, you can either type in the action directly, or click on the Add Action button to walk through the process using the New Action wizard.

How do I edit an action?

Once you've added an action, you can edit its text the same way you would edit a paragraph in Word.

Or, you can double-click the line that the action is on, to edit it using the Action Properties dialog.