Convert Values to Variables

Overview

In the previous two steps, we created a new Process Variable in the Variables tool window and then updated the Navigate to URL Activity Call to use the newly created variable instead of the previously hard-coded value. Now we're going to learn a faster way to easily convert any existing hard-coded value into a new variable. In the steps below, we convert the Set value activity call to use a variable for the search query instead of hard-coded text.

Select Activity Call Steps

  1. Select the Set value activity in the Activities List.
  2. Make sure the Arguments tab is selected since this is where the Value input argument is defined.

Replace with New Variable

The Set value Activity Call is currently configured to populate AutoBloks in the search query. In the steps, we will easily create a new variable called Query, initialize the value to the only entered value of AutoBloks, and then update the Value input argument to use new variable.

Select Replace with New Variable from Menu

  1. Click the drop-down arrow corresponding to the Value input argument. This will present a list of options for the value.
  2. Click the Replace with New Variable menu options. This will open the Replace Value with Variable dialog.

Replace Value with Variable Steps

  1. Replace the default new variable name with the desired name Query.
  2. Note that the Value of the new variable is pre-populated to match the value that was already entered for the argument. You could optionally change the value to something else if you wanted but leave the default value for this tutorial.
  3. Optionally set a description of the new variable.
  4. Click OK to confirm the change.

The Value input argument will now have a value of {Query} to match the new variable name, and you can observe the new variable in the Variables tool window as well. The Replace with New Variable option allows you to quickly convert any hard-coded values into variables.

Save your Process before continuing since you have modified and argument and added a new variable.