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Automation Process

Last Updated February 22, 2024

Brief Overview

An Automation Process is an automated Smart Walk-Thru that can run simultaneously while a visual Smart Walk-Thru (including balloon steps) is also running.

Smart Walk-Thrus that run as Automation Processes must consist entirely of Auto-Steps, and must be initiated using an Auto Play Rule.

Creating an Automation Process

  1. Create a Smart Walk-Thru using only Auto-Steps. This can include any steps that appear as orange in the WalkMe Editor (Auto-Steps, Wait For steps, Splits, etc.).  A Smart Walk-Thru including any Visual steps (blue steps) will not be able to run as an Automation Process. For more information on creating a Smart Walk-Thru with Auto-Steps, see the Smart Walk-Thru: Getting Started Guide and the Auto-Steps: Getting Started Guide.
  2. Add Auto Play Rules to the Smart Walk-Thru.
    For more information on adding Auto Play rules to a Smart Walk-Thru, see the Auto Play: Getting Started Guide.
  3. Check the Run as automation process checkbox in the Auto Play settings.  This process will then run automatically when the auto play rules are true, even if a Visual Smart Walk-Thru is also currently running.

Example Use Cases

You have built an automated Smart Walk-Thru that is triggered automatically when a user fills out a form or completes a process. If the user clicks on the WalkMe menu to start a Smart Walk-Thru, the automation on the page won't run because only one Smart Walk-Thru can run at a time. To overcome this problem, Automation Processes will enable two Smart Walk-Thrus to run simultaneously: Visual SWTs (VSWT) and Automation SWTs (ASWT). Both VSWT and ASWT will be able to run in parallel, meaning, if a user is playing a VSWT and there is an Auto Play rule starting an ASWT, both Smart Walk-Thrus will play as expected.

You can use this to complete automated actions based on a user's actions during a Smart Walk-Thru.  For WalkMe content that allows for user input, like WalkMe Surveys, you can use the Automation Process to automatically fill in parts of the survey.


  • Automated Smart Walk-Thrus can't have UI steps (meaning regular balloons) – it must be all automation
  • Flow Tracker will show all the steps together
  • Clicking a Launcher which initiates a Smart Walk-Thru (automated or regular) aborts all currently running Smart Walk-Thru flows

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