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Execute Program


Execute Progam leverages Windows Run to launch program or open directory. As standard, users can choose from a list of commonly used programs, but you are free to call upon all applications here. You can even use variables to do so.

Execute Progam overlaps with Hidden Command in the sense that both allow you to start applications including option parameters, but Execute Progam specifically helps users launch the most frequently used programs without the need to know the respective CMD commands. Besides, when there is no desire to use the CMD output, and you only want to open an application or directory, using Windows Run via Execute Program offers performance advantages.

Execute Program

Double click the icon or drag it to the process visuliser to use the Execute Program function.

In all cases, it's advised to use Execute Program or Hidden Command to start applications over recording the corresponding steps in the UI, as this offers considerable performance and stability improvements. Besides, there are more options available for catching output or errors too.

Using Execute Program

The Execute Program step is a step that must be created manually because it is not possible to provide the required information when you are using the recording mode.


Execute Program inherits privileges from the Yarado Client, meaning that if the Yarado Client is running as administrator, so is Run.

Yarado variables are available everywhere users can type text, including the "Enter program" textbox. When spaces are involved, it's better to add quotes around the command or its parameters.

Execute Program

Enter your program of choice or select one of the default options from the dropdown menu.

The following options are available by default:

Option Function
New Windows Explorer Blanc Opens Windows Explorer
New Windows Explorer + path Opens Windows Explorer with the given folder path
New Internet Explorer Blanc Opens Internet Explorer without going to a pre-filled URL
New Internet Explorer + URL Opens Internet Explorer and will browse to the given URL
Open My Network Places Opens Windows Explorer and will browse to the My Network Places folder
Open My Documents Opens Windows Explorer and will browse to the My Documents folder
Open Network Locations Opens Windows Explorer and will browse to the Network Locations folder
Open Printers and Faxes Opens the Windows Explorer printers and faxes page

Execute Program

Directly open the Downloads folder using the default "New Windows Explorer + path" option.

Interface elements

Element Description
Enter program + path or select feature The text box where you can enter your program or path. Input of variables is allowed.
Option parameters The text box where you can enter your options parameters, such as a URL or file path. Input of variables is allowed.
Test Quickly test your input before saving the step. If you input or change doesn't perform as expected, you can cancel and the previously saved input will remain.


Open Microsoft Edge on a specific URL

For this example, we will use a variable for both the program as well as the URL.

  1. Create two variables, one named %app% and the other named %url%.
    • For the app variable, enter
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe as value.
    • For the URL variable, enter as value.
  2. Double click the icon or drag & drop it to the process visuliser to use the hidden command function.

    Execute Program

    Create an Execute Progam step.

  3. In the "Enter program + path or select feature" text box, type %app%. In the "option parameter", type %url%.

    Execute Program

    Use variables for both program and parameter.

    With these settings, you can have Yarado open Edge and visit a different URL for each loop it runs. You can also use variables for parts of a URL, like to only update the subsequent pages.