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Displays a popup to ask for a value. This value is stored in variable_name. This command can be used to change the variables !VAR1, !VAR2 or !VAR3, but not built-in variables like !DATASOURCE or dynamically generated variables.

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PROMPT prompt_text [variable_name] [default_value]


  • prompt_text
    The text which is to be displayed above the input text field. If the text includes embedded spaces, surround the text with double-quotes *or* replace spaces with <SP>.
  • variable_name
    Optional: Name of the variable to save the user input in (e.g. !VAR1, !VAR2, !VAR3, or a user-defined variable). When omitted, the PROMPT dialog simply displays the prompt_text and does not accept any input.
  • default_value
    Optional: Use this when specifying variable_name to create an input prompt in order to populate the input field with a default value. Must not be a value of a built-in variable except !VAR1, !VAR2 or !VAR3.


If you do not want to save passwords (even encrypted) on your computer then use the following code to ask for the password:

PROMPT "Please enter your password:" !VAR1

However this requires the following SET and TAG commands to make use of the PROMPT input of a password

PROMPT "Please enter your password:" !VAR1 

Note: the Set !ENCRYPTION is required in the script to turn off password encryption and the TAG command is required to enter the value into the password field, note the use of "{{}}" (double closed braces) on the variable name. For this sample to work on your site the POS, FORM and ATTR values may be different, just use the macro record feature to capture these values from your site and paste them into your macro.

Suppose you would like to ask for more then three inputs from the user. Since you only have three variables to use the PROMPT command for you might run into problems. The solution is to navigate to the site where you are going to fill the values in, then ask for the first three inputs, fill them into the website, ask for the next three values, fill them in etc.

The PROMPT command is also useful for debugging: Use it to show the values of variables. The dialog resizes with the length of the prompt_text input, so you can also use it show longer text.

PROMPT {{!myvar}}


PROMPT  Extracted<SP>data:{{!EXTRACT}} !VAR1 myvar:{{!myvar}}

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