Wait for Control

This action can be used to pause the execution, waiting for the specified control object to appear on the screen.



  • Identifier: indicate a new UI element, or select from the already defined list of selectors.

  • Timeout: total number of milliseconds the robot will search for the specified control object to appear before aborting the action.

  • Retry Interval: the number of milliseconds robot will retry finding the specified control object.

Based on the default values for timeout and retry interval, the robot would try 10 times within 5 seconds / 5000 milliseconds to find the specified control object.


  • Display Name: action display name in your implementation project

  • Wait Before: number milliseconds robot to wait before executing the action.

  • Wait After: number milliseconds robot to wait until moving to the next action.

  • Abort on Error: True/False

  • Retry Times: Specifies the number of times to retry an action if it doesn't end successfully. Default value 0 (no retry); Use -1 if you want to retry indefinitely.

Use Case

Potential Use Cases

  • Wait for the google search bar to appear before trying to type in it.

  • Wait on a company's webpage for tab/button "contact" to appear before typing in a message.

  • Wait in an accounting software app for the button new invoice to appear before executing a click on it.

Examples of Using Wait for Control



In this example, the robot will access the web page of Zendesk , look for the "Get Started" button and if it founds it, would display a confirmation message using the Message Box activity.


Microsoft Edge installed.

Watch the robot in action:

You can see how the Wait for Control activity is used in an example that incorporates multiple activities.

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