Reordering a Sequence

InstallShield 2015

Project: This information applies to the following project types:

Basic MSI
InstallScript MSI
MSI Database

The actions and dialogs in the Sequences explorer in the Custom Actions and Sequences view are organized by chronological order, according to when they are launched. Each action and item also has a number that identifies its location in the sequence in relation to other items’ sequence numbers. The items are launched in order from the lowest number to the highest number.

When you add a dialog (to Basic MSI, MSI Database, and Transform projects) or a custom action to your project, you can specify when it should be launched by adding it to the appropriate place in a sequence.

To change the order in which actions and dialogs in a sequence execute:

1. In the View List under Behavior and Logic, click Custom Actions and Sequences.
2. Do one of the following:
To sequence a new custom action, drag it from the Custom Actions explorer to the appropriate location in a sequence under the Sequences explorer. When you drop it, drop it onto the item that should be directly before it in the sequence.
To move an action or a dialog to a different point in a sequence (or from one sequence to another), drag it from the old location and drop it onto the item that should be directly before it in the sequence.

Note: A custom action cannot be called twice in the same sequence, since the custom action name is the key in the CustomAction table. Therefore, you cannot move or copy a custom action to a sequence that already contains that custom action.

Dialogs and standard actions cannot be moved to a different type of sequence through a drag-and-drop operation.

If you change a custom action after adding it to a sequence, you do not need to reassociate it with that sequence. The action that you put in the sequence is a pointer to the real action, and it is dynamically updated whenever you make changes to the action in the Custom Actions and Sequences view.

Tip: You can also move actions and dialogs in the Sequences explorer using any of the following methods:

Right-click the action or dialog and click Move Up or Move Down.
Click the action or dialog and then press CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW or CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW.
Change the position of the action or dialog by editing its Sequence Number setting, which is displayed in the grid on the right when you click the action or dialog. To move a an action or dialog to an earlier point in a sequence, give it a lower sequence number. To move it to a later point in the sequence, give it a higher sequence number.

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