Welcome to Tasker Tip Tuesdays, quick tips to help grow your Tasker knowledge. This week I discuss Disabling Beginner Mode. If you want a few extra features in Tasker to take your Projects, Profiles, and Tasks to another level of automation, this tip is for you.
Upon initial launch of Tasker, beginner mode is enabled by default. Just as the Tasker user-guide Beginner Mode section states
“Tasker attempts to simplify things for inexperienced users, mostly by UI elements which are unlikely to be needed by inexperienced users”
So why disable it? As stated above, Tasker hides a few advanced features by default. I believe this is because Tasker can be a bit daunting and overwhelming at first. I’ll admit, when I begin my Tasker journey, I had a vertical line as my learning curve. However since you are missing out on a few great features, why not disable it to gain more power? Below is the list from the user-guide of the options lost whilst in Beginner Mode:
main screen, Variables tab removed
See all your project’s Global variables at a glance. It is a nice summary.
main screen, export options removed
At least for me, this item seems to be the same. I could be wrong but I couldn’t find a difference.
main screen, project tab not accessible
Organize you Profiles into Projects with this new tab a the bottom of the screen.
task edit screen, task properties icon removed
Does not show the Task Properties menu button for collision handling and keeping the device awake checkboxes.
action edit screen, Label, Continue On Error parameters removed
Labels are useful for logic loops, organizing your tasks into chunks, and have HTML capabilities while “Continue On Error” provides a local variable useful for checking if the action has succeeded or failed.
prefs screen, many options removed
Various setting configurations are hidden in the preferences menu.
various places, variable selection not possible
Being able to use a variable in certain fields
Conclusion and Disabling Beginner Mode
Whether that is when I switching to a new device or factory reset my existing, I depend on those features. So next time you’re screen looks a bit different from someone else’s and you can not wonder why, chances are it is because you haven’t disabled Beginner Mode. So if you want to open up Tasker to greater automation, follow the steps below:
- From the main screen, tap the menu button
- Tap Preferences
- In the UI tab, or tap to get to it, uncheck “Beginner Mode”
Hate reading and just want to watch a video showing you how to disable it? Here you go!
To catch up on previous posts in this series, visit the Tasker Tip Tuesdays page. As always, enjoy and keep learning! Until the next Tasker Tip Tuesday…