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Start Timer Event Element
Add, copy, delete, change the color, align, and configure Start Timer Event elements in your Process model.

Don't Know What a Start Timer Event Element Is?

See Process Modeling Element Descriptions for a description of the Start Timer Event element.

Permissions Required

Your user account or group membership must have the following permissions to configure a Start Timer Event element in the Process model unless your user account has the Make this user a Super Admin setting selected:
    Processes: Edit Processes
    Processes: View Processes
See the Process permissions or ask your Administrator for assistance.

Add a Start Timer Event Element

Follow these steps to add a Start Timer Event element to the Process model:
    1.
    View your Processes. The Processes page displays.
    2.
    Create a new Process or click the Open Modeler icon
    to edit the selected Process model. Process Modeler displays.
    3.
    Locate the Start Event element in the Elements and Connectors palette that is to the left of the Process Modeler canvas. If the Hide Menus button
    is enabled, the Elements and Connectors palette displays the Start Event element's icon
    .
    4.
    Drag the element into the Process model canvas where you want to place it. If a Pool element is in your Process model, the Start Timer Event element cannot be placed outside of the Pool element.
    5.
    From the Elements drop-down menu, select the Start Timer Event option. The Start Timer Event element displays.
Start Timer Event element
After the element is placed into the Process model, you may adjust its location in the following ways:
Moving a Start Timer Event element has the following limitations in regards to the following Process model elements:
    Pool element: If the Start Timer Event element is inside of a Pool element, it cannot be moved outside of the Pool element. If you attempt to do so, Process Modeler places the Start Timer Event element inside the Pool element closest to where you attempt to move it.
    Lane element: If the Start Timer Event element is inside of a Lane element, it can be moved to another Lane element in the same Pool element. However, the Start Timer Event element cannot be moved outside of the Pool element.

Change a Start Timer Event Element's Color

The Start Timer Event element and label have a default green color to indicate that this element is a starting Request event. After a Start Timer Event element is added to a Process model, its shape and label color can be changed. Element and connector colors may only be changed individually.
Follow these steps to change the color and label for a Start Timer Event element:
    1.
    View your Processes. The Processes page displays.
    2.
    Click the Open Modeler icon
    to edit the selected Process model. Process Modeler displays.
    3.
    Select the Start Timer Event element to change its color. Available options display above the selected element.
    4.
    Click the Open Color Palette icon
    . The color palette displays.
    5.
    Do one of the following to change the color:
      Select a color swatch: Select one of the color swatches from the color palette. The Start Timer Event element and label change to that color.
      Specify a custom color: Click the
      icon to display the color selector, and then select a color, enter the Hex color code, or enter the red, green, blue, and alpha color values for the custom color. The Start Timer Event element and label change to that color.
      Reset to the default color: Click the
      icon to reset the Start Timer Event element and label to its default color.

Replace a Start Timer Event Element with a Different Starting Request Event Element

After a Start Timer Event element is added to a Process model, you may replace it with a different starting Request event element:
The selected Start Timer Event element is replaced by the default settings and color of the replacing element.
Follow these steps to replace a Start Timer Event element with a different starting Request event element:
    1.
    View your Processes. The Processes page displays.
    2.
    Click the Open Modeler icon
    to edit the selected Process model. Process Modeler displays.
    3.
    Select the Start Timer Event element to change to another starting Request event element. Available options display above the selected element.
    4.
    Click the Elements icon. The Elements drop-down menu displays the starting Request event elements.
    5.
    Select the element to replace the Start Timer Event element. The Change Type screen displays to confirm replacing the currently selected element.
    6.
    Click Confirm. The new element replaces the Start Timer Event element with its default settings and color.

Copy a Start Timer Event Element

Copying a Start Timer Event element copies the original along with its current settings, making it easier and faster to continue designing without adding default elements or connectors with their default settings.
The copied Start Timer Event element displays below the original. Any Sequence Flow and/or Message Flow elements incoming to or outgoing from the original are not copied.
Follow these steps to copy a Start Timer Event element in your Process model:
    1.
    View your Processes. The Processes page displays.
    2.
    Click the Open Modeler icon
    to edit the selected Process model. Process Modeler displays.
    3.
    Select the Start Timer Event element to copy. Available options display above the selected element.
    4.
    Click the Copy Element icon
    . The Process model element copies.

Delete a Start Timer Event Element

Deleting a Process model element also deletes any Sequence Flow elements incoming to or outgoing from that element. For example, if a Process model element is deleted that has both incoming and outgoing Sequence Flow elements, the Sequence Flow elements must be reconnected for the remaining elements/connectors.
Follow these steps to delete a Start Timer Event element from your Process model:
    1.
    View your Processes. The Processes page displays.
    2.
    Click the Open Modeler icon
    to edit the selected Process model. Process Modeler displays.
    3.
    Select the Start Timer Event element to delete. Available options display above the selected element.
    4.
    Click the Delete icon
    . The Process model element deletes.

Settings

The Start Timer Event element has the following panels that contain settings:

Configuration Panel Settings

Edit the Element Name

An element name is a human-readable reference for a Process element. Process Modeler automatically assigns the name of a Process element with its element type. However, an element's name can be changed.
Follow these steps to edit the name for a Start Timer Event element:
    1.
    Select the Start Timer Event element from the Process model in which to edit its name. Panels to configure this element display.
    2.
    Expand the Configuration panel if it is not presently expanded. The Name setting displays. This is a required setting.
    3.
    In the Name setting, edit the selected element's name and then press Enter.

Timing Control Panel Settings

Set the Timing Controls

When a Start Timer Event element is placed into a Process model, it has the following settings by default before it triggers:
    The timing control is set to midnight of the current date.
    The timing control is set to repeat weekly on the current day.
If these are not the timing control settings you want, the Start Timer Event element must be configured. Set the timer controls for a Start Timer Event element using the following parameters:
    Set the date and hour when the trigger the Start Timer Event element, thereby starting a Request.
    Optionally, set an interval from which to periodically trigger the Start Time Event element, thereby staring a Request at that interval. This may be done in any of the following intervals:
      Set the timer to periodically trigger on a specified number of days, weeks, months, or years.
      Set the timer to periodically trigger on specific days of the week.
    Set when the timer control ends from any of the following options, thereby limiting when to start a Request:
      The timer never ends.
      The timer ends on a specified date.
      The timer ends after a number of occurrences.
Follow these steps to set the timer controls for a Start Timer Event element:
    1.
    Select the Start Timer Event element from the Process model in which to set its timer controls. Panels to configure this element display.
    2.
    Expand the Timing Control panel if it is not presently expanded. The Start date setting displays.
    3.
    From the Start date setting, use the date control to select the date to initially trigger the Start Timer Event element. If this setting has not been previously set, the current date is the default.
    4.
    Set the periodic interval to trigger the Start Timer Event element again, thereby starting a new Request. Follow these guidelines:
      From the Repeat every setting, select at how many intervals of a set time period to trigger the Start Timer Event element. 1 week is the default setting. Then select one of the following time periods for that element to trigger:
        Day
        Week (default setting)
        Month
        Year
      Alternatively, select from the Repeat on setting the day(s) of the week in which to trigger the Start Timer Event element. Selected days display with a blue-colored circle around each.
    5.
    Set when to end the timer control from the following options:
      Select Never to never end the timer control. Never is the default setting.
      Select On to select a specific date in which to end the timer control. If this setting has not been previously set, the current date is the default.
      Select After and then enter how many occurrences to end the timer control after the Start Timer Event element has triggered that may times. If this setting has not been previously set, 1 is the default setting.

Documentation Panel Settings

Edit the Element's Description Displayed in Process Documentation

If the Documentation package is installed, describe the element's purpose and how it functions in the Process. This description does not affect Requests for the Process, but may be useful for Process model maintenance such as how the element is configured. Edit information by using the What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) rich text editor.
A Process's entered documentation displays by selecting the View Documentation icon for that Process.

ProcessMaker Package Required

The Documentation package must be installed to view or edit the documentation for a Process element. Use the Documentation package to view documentation for Processes that includes an image of the Process map and entered description of its elements and connectors.
Follow these steps to edit the description for an element:
    1.
    Select the element from the Process model in which to edit its description. Panels to configure this element display.
    2.
    Expand the Documentation panel if it is not presently expanded. The Description setting displays.
    3.
    In the Description setting, edit the information to display when viewing documentation for this element and then press Enter. Alternatively, use the What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) rich text editor to stylize your text by clicking the More icon
    .
    Follow these guidelines to use the WYSIWYG rich text editor to stylize your text:
      Undo changes: Click on the
      icon to undo the last action.
      Redo changes: Click on the
      icon to redo the last undone action.
      Insert/Edit Link: Click on the
      icon to convert the selected text into a hyperlink. Follow these steps to create a hyperlink:
        1.
        Select the required text from the Rich Text control.
        2.
        Click on the
        icon. The Insert/Edit Link screen displays.
        3.
        In the URL setting, enter the destination URL.
        4.
        In the Text to display setting, edit or enter the text displayed in the Rich Text control.
        5.
        In the Title setting, enter the text to display when a user hovers over the displayed text.
        6.
        From Open link in… drop-down menu, select one of these options:
          New window: Select this option to open the destination page in a new browser window.
          Current window: Select this option to open the destination page in the current browser window.
      Insert/Edit Image: Click on the Insert/Edit Image icon
      to insert an image. Follow these guidelines:
        1.
        Click on the Insert/Edit Image icon
        .
        2.
        The Insert/Edit Image screen displays:
        3.
        In the Source setting, enter a URL for the image.
        4.
        In the Alternative Description setting, enter the text to display if the source URL of the image is not accessible.
        5.
        In the Width setting, enter the maximum width for the image.
        6.
        In the Height setting, enter the maximum height for the image.
        7.
        Toggle the Constrain Proportions icon
        to maintain the width-height ratio of the image to its original proportion.
        8.
        Click Save.
      Insert Page Break for PDF: Click on the Insert Page Break for PDF icon
      to insert a page break when a PDF document is created for this documentation if your browser supports this feature.
      Format text: Follow these guidelines to format text:
        Headings: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Headings and then select a heading size.
        Bold: Do one of the following:
          From the editor toolbar, select the
          icon.
          From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Bold.
        Italics: Do one of the following:
          From the editor toolbar, select the
          icon.
          From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Italic.
        Underline: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Underline.
        Strikethrough: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Strikethrough.
        Superscript: From the Paragraph/ Formats menu, select Inline and then Superscript.
        Subscript: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Subscript.
        Code: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Inline and then Code.
        Paragraph: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Paragraph.
        Blockquote: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Blockquote.
        Division: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Div.
        Preformatted: From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Blocks and then Pre.
        Change text color: Use the Text Color drop-down to change text color. Click on the
        icon. The color palette displays. Do one of the following:
          Select one of the color swatches from the color palette. The selected text changes to that color.
            Click the
            icon to select a custom color from the Color Picker.
            Click the
            icon to reset the text to its default color.
        Align text: Follow these guidelines to align text:
          Left align: Do one of the following:
            From the editor toolbar, use the
            icon to left-align text.
            From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Left.
          Center align: Do one of the following:
            From the editor toolbar, use the
            icon to center-align text.
            From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Center.
          Right align: Do one of the following:
            From the editor toolbar, use the
            icon to right-align text.
            From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Right.
          Justify: Do one of the following:
            From the editor toolbar, use the
            icon to justify text.
            From the Paragraph/Formats menu, select Align and then Justify.
        Insert a bullet list: Use the
        icon to format text as a bulleted list.
        Insert a numbered list: Use the
        icon to format text as a numbered list.
        Indent text: Click on the
        icon to increase text indenting.
        Outdent text: Click on the
        icon to decrease text indenting.

Advanced Panel Settings

Edit the Node's Identifier Value

Process Modeler automatically assigns a unique value to each Process node added to a Process model. However, a node's identifier value can be changed if it is unique to all other nodes in the Process model, including the Process model's identifier value.
All identifier values for all nodes in the Process model must be unique.
Follow these steps to edit the identifier value for a Start Timer Event element:
    1.
    Select the Start Timer Event element from the Process model in which to edit its identifier value. Panels to configure this element display.
    2.
    Expand the Advanced panel if it is not presently expanded. The Node Identifier setting displays. This is a required setting.
    3.
    In the Node Identifier setting, edit the Start Timer Event element's identifier to a unique value from all nodes in the Process model and then press Enter.

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