Lecture 4 - first video




I follow the scenario from the video - simple recording and typing to notepad and changing font

Steps to reproduce:

exactly the steps as in the video

Current Behavior:

never accepts clicking the format menu the same way as in the video - it says unreliable element and asks for anchor point - if anchor point selected as the format menu item it goes through but then when I run the recorded action - it never opens the format menu neither it correctly continues with the flow of selecting the new font… Already when I am recording the flow, it does not change the font. Actually none of the elements on my notepad are recognized without asking for anchor point.

Expected Behavior:

correctly open format menu and go further and change the font based on the actions

Studio/Robot/Orchestrator Version: studio

Last stable behavior: never
Last stable version: n/a
OS Version: windows 10 enterprise 64 bit,
Others if Relevant: .NET 4.0, OS build 1703

also, when I rerun the flow, it sometimes does not do anything… it just runs but nothing is happening.


I see that I can maybe check that via SELECTORs but its a shame that it cannot recognize anything on the notepad. at least in my case


Could you upload a screenshot using UIExplorer on top of notepad?


Hi, here it comes:

this shows up right after I click any of the menubar items. I then have no other choice than to set the anchor and then continue but then sometimes the selector is messed up, and sometimes it works.


did you ever try to click on “No” and click again on format and continue the process.


Yes, I have tried that and then it just resulted in fail of the flow. The selectors were not correctly picked. I also tried it on a different machine with the same result


not sure why it’s not working for you. :frowning: its a very basic automation


I also tried on windows 10 as well as windows 7, if this information is useful at all.


Could it be a missing package?


i don’t think so it’s about packages.
could you please confirm me that are you able to run the workflow given in academy without any error.

else you could try this while recording.
Just Use F2 it will give you a 3 seconds pause then just click on that format and just make hover it till 3 seconds will get end then select that.


In my case,
When the screen popup, i click no.
The mouse will auto move to menu “Format”.
Then continue the step.


hi, did you get a resolution for this? this is happening for me too


Hi All, I am facing the same issue. Could anyone please help me with this. Appreciate your help


Isn’t there anyone to help us with this issue?



Not sure if anyone is still having an issue with this, but thought I would share my solution in case anyone now or future wise needs the info.

Steps to resolve the issue:

  1. Open Notepad.exe
  2. Record the project as a Desktop Recording
  3. Follow the steps of Lesson
  4. When UIPath asks for an Anchor indicate that you want to supply one. Keep recording the steps as instructed.
  5. Open your project in UIPath and make the following edits:
    a. Pull the two created Elements out of the Anchor Box (created by the reporting process) and place then directly underneath where the “Type In” Element is located in the DO box.
    b. Now Delete the empty Anchor box out of your project.
    c. Locate the Element, where it actually is supposed to Click the “Format” Menu item. (It should be the second box moved from the Anchor not the first one.) In the Selector Box click the 3 dots (…) to open the editor and change the XML code to the Following: <ctrl name='Format' role='menu item' />
  6. Run your program. As an optional, but possible aside issue, make sure that Notepad is a maximized window.

At this writing I am going to have others test this process individually using their bots. If successful, (an allowed) I can upload that project directly here. Moderators step in if this not allowed.

Thanks and good luck all.