What is the automation browser?

The WinAutomation Runtime Browser (automation browser embedded in the product) is a customized version of the actual Internet Explorer installed on your machine, optimized for smooth automation purposes.

For example, it suppresses any and all message dialogs that may pop up unhindered in the actual Internet Explorer. Additionally, a lot of features and capabilities of Internet Explorer are not present in the automation browser in order to simplify and make faster the entire process of automating the browser.

The following are the benefits of the automation browser:

  • “Click Download link from Web Page” action works in the automation browser regardless of the Internet Explorer version.

  • Speed - Controls get captured faster in the embedded (automation) browser

  • Simplification of automation process - Suppresses any and all message dialog that may pop up unhindered in the actual Internet Explorer

  • Performance advantage - it does not load unnecessary elements and add-ons like the actual Internet Explorer does.

  • For the actual Internet Explorer to work reliably with the web automation actions, one needs to change its security options. (Configure Internet Explorer for web automation). Such tweaks are not necessary when using the WinAutomation Runtime Browser.

Note: Since the automation browser is a customized version of Internet Explorer, some Internet Explorer functionalities are not supported.

For instance:

  • Use of arrow Keys and F keys may not be supported.

  • It does not support tabs or opening links in windows.