How do I setup and use Default Tasks in MARS?

Default tasks are custom tasks which can be reused each time you create a schedule (without having to create the same custom task over and over again). This is how to set them up

Options - Default Tasks

  • Go to Options.
MS Access: MARS Home Menu.
  • Select Default Tasks.
MS Access: Default Tasks section in Options in MARS.

Default tasks are custom tasks which can be reused each time you create a schedule (without having to create the same custom task over and over again).

You can use the Default Tasks tab to create and store a copy of those most used custom tasks for easy insertion into schedules.

Creating a Default Task

To create a default task, perform the following:

  • From the list of custom tasks, select the one you want to use. Then, drag and drop it into the list.
MS Access: Default Tasks section in Options in MARS.
  • This will pop up a window that will allow you to set up the default custom task.
The picture shown below may differ from the pop-up window you see. This window varies based on the type of custom task you select.
MS Access: Pause Tasks in MARS.
  • Once you have created the default task, it will display in the Custom Tasks window. Click Apply.
MS Access: Default Tasks section in Options in MARS.

Importing a Default Task into a Schedule

To import a default task, perform the following:

Navigate to the Tasks tab of the schedule you wish to add the default task to.

This can be done by right-clicking the schedule, selecting Properties, and then clicking Tasks.
  • Click Import.
MS Access: Tasks wizard in Single Report Schedule Properties in MARS.
  • From the context menu, select Default Task.
MS Access: Tasks wizard in Single Report Schedule Properties in MARS.
  • From the list that displays, click on the default task you would like to add to this schedule. Then, click OK.
You can create additional default tasks in this window as well.
MS Access: Default Tasks in MARS.
  • The default task will now be added to the schedule as a custom task. Click Apply.

How to Create a Task List

Task Lists are a great way to import multiple task groups into a schedule. To create a Task List, perform the following:

  • On the Default Tasks tab of the Options window, select Export.
MS Access: Default Tasks section in Options in MARS.
  • Enter a name for this task list. Then, click OK.
MS Access: Task list pop-up in MARS.
  • If the default task list was created successfully, you will see a success message. Click OK.
MS Access: Task list saves successfully pop-up in MARS.
  • The Task list is now saved and can be imported into a schedule.

Importing a Default Task List

To import a default task list, perform the following:

  • Navigate to the Custom Tasks tab of the schedule you wish to add the default task to.
This can be done by right-clicking the schedule, selecting Properties, and then clicking Tasks.
  • Click Import.
  • Click Import Task List.
MS Access: Tasks wizard in Single Report Schedule Properties in MARS.
  • From the list that appears, click the task list you wish to import for this schedule. Then, click Select.
MS Access: Task List Manager in MARS.
  • All tasks associated with that task list will now be added to the schedule. Click Apply.