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Screen scrape Windows applications

Suggest edit Updated on January 27, 2022

Use the Screen OCR feature to automate Windows applications in Robotic Process Automations (RPA) when it is not possible to use the standard Pega Robotic Automation Studio object-level injection and user interface automation interrogation methods. Also known as screen scraping, the Screen OCR feature uses an image of the application to perform the following tasks:

  • Finds the location of the controls that are used in the automation.
  • Processes the image using an OCR library included in Pega Robotic Automation. This library tells the system where key words are located on the screen so that you can use Pega Robotic Automation Studio methods to click, double-click, get, and set text relative to those key words.
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Screen OCR automation example

For more information, see Creating automations using the Screen OCR feature.

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