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Custom Actions View

The Custom Actions view is displayed within the main program area when the Custom Actions node of any project is selected in the Projects view. This view is used to provide the actions to be executed together with the generated deployment package before and/or after the package install and uninstall process as well as specific system actions Pic 1.

The Custom Actions view

Pic 1. The Custom Actions view

The pre & post actions are displayed in form of a table, where each row represents a single action. The icon next to every action is used to describe of the action's type and state. The state icons are provided to help you understand what is currently happening in the program. You can always see if the item is being processed now by some operation or not. Below is the list of icons used:

Before Install User Action

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an action to be executed before a deployment package installation;

After Install User Action

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an action to be executed after a deployment package installation;

Before Uninstall User Action

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an action to be executed before a deployment package uninstallation;

After Uninstall User Action

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an action to be executed after a deployment package uninstallation;

Processed User Action

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an action is being processed;

SAM Licenses Installation

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a SAM licenses installation;

Processed SAM Licenses Installation

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a SAM licenses installation is being processed;

Pin Application Action

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an action to pin an application to the Task Bar and/or Start Menu;

Unpin Application Action

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an action to unpin an application from the Task Bar and/or Start Menu;

Processed Pin Application Action

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a Pin Application action is being processed.

The system actions are also displayed in form of a table. With the help the system actions, you can pin applications to or unpin them from the Start Menu and the Task Bar. Another available system action is the SAM License Installation action. It allows you to install Software Assets Management (SAM) licenses to the Software Licensing Service (SLS) when deploying MSI packages.

Info

App-V packages virtualization techniques do not support custom actions, thus they can only be included into the MSI package output.

The actions for creating new actions, editing and deleting existing ones and copying/moving actions to another project are available in the Custom Actions view pop-up menu and on the contextual Custom Actions Ribbon page.

Functions Overview

Actions Management

From the Custom Actions view, you can create, edit and delete the actions to be performed before and after a generated deployment package deployment. To create a new action, you can either choose the New Action item from the pop-up menu, or press the Action button from the New group on the contextual Custom Actions Ribbon page and on the Project Ribbon page. The Edit item from the pop-up menu, as well as the Edit button from the Management group on the contextual Custom Actions Ribbon page can be used to change the selected action, and to delete any action you can use the Delete items.

Copy/Move

You can easily copy and/or move the actions to be performed before and after a generated deployment package deployment from the Custom Actions view to another project. You can use the drag/drop and copy/paste techniques as well as the Cut, Copy and Paste menu items to reach the goal. It is also possible to use the Copy To and Move To items available both in the pop-up menu and on the contextual Custom Actions Ribbon page to perform copy/move immediately choosing a target project in a dialog.

Search

Within the Custom Actions view, you can execute a search for specific action using the Find item from the pop-up menu.

For detailed information on the custom actions management process, refer to the Using Custom Actions section of this document.