Monthly Archives: February 2016

Killing Me Softly With Task Guides

Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to help users with simple guides for doing the most common tasks in AX 2012. With the release of the new Dynamics AX (aka AX 7), a brand new task recorder feature set has been released. Task recorders now manifest as in-product help called Task guides.

Task guides are an amazing piece of technology and engineering. The whole experience is awesome for helping to train users and help them remember how to execute functions in Dynamics AX. For me it means the style of books I used to write is no longer needed; it’s time to find a new angle.

Creating a new task recording

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Create a new recording.
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Give the recording a name and description. Click OK.
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Step through the process in AX. Each step will show up in the Task recorder window.
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Each step will have default text, but the text can be modified by clicking on the edit icon.
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When finished with the recording, click on the Stop button.
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Save the Task recording. The best option is to save to LCS (I’ll be blogging more about LCS in the future), but for purposes of this example Save to this PC.
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Playing the Task guide

Click on Settings (gear icon) > Task recorder.
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Play recording as guide to step through each step in Dynamics AX.
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Open the Task guide from this PCBrowse for the task recording file. Click on Open task guide then Start task guide.
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Now the cool part! AX will point exactly where to click for each step, and display any additional instructions supplied while recording the guide.
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