Macro: Record and Replay Automated Actions

Some pages may need you to click a button to show the relevant content or fill a form to search through a list. The clicks and filling a form are called actions. A macro contains a sequence of these actions that can be replayed when needed. You can use Distill to record macros and track sections that appear after playing the macro on the page.

Macros are available in Professional plan and above.

Create a Macro

You can use the web app to view and add Macros. Macros are supported for cloud monitors only.

Use the menu as shown below to go to the “Macros” page at https://app.distill.io/watchlist#macros/. There you can see a list of all available macros and buttons to create new ones.

A menu with Macro option

To create a new macro, enter the following:

  1. The macro’s name so that you can reference this later
  2. A sample start URL that should be used as the starting point to record the macro
  3. Click the “Add…” button. This will add a new macro to the list of available macros and then open a visual recorder.

add new macro button 4. Use the visual recorder to record the steps.

  1. Test the recorder to verify the actions. Once done, save it. The Macro is ready to use.

Use the Macro

Steps to use the macro:

  1. Open the visual selector for the webpage by clicking on the “Add Webpage” button.
  2. In the visual selector toolbar, select the newly added macro.

list of macros to choose from

  1. Click on the play button for the Macro. This will play the recorded actions and reach the final page where you can make selections to monitor.

  1. Make selections, save and done! This adds a monitor using Macro.

If you need help with a macro or have a use case that is not handled by macros, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help or offer a custom solution.