Editing RPAE File using Notepad ++

Hi all,

We have many scripts to write where 80% of the script actions are very similar, but may have a slight difference.

For example, the first steps of all the scripts are: read an Excel file, column by column, into list variables. In each script the list variable names might be different.

So, we are trying to use Notepad ++ to edit each RPAE file, replacing the variable names, as needed.

This seems to work SOMETIMES, but when we try to open the files in RPA Express Studio, we sometimes get an error saying: “Cannot open the file. It is missing an URI instance”. Or something similar.

Has anyone seen this, and do you have any workarounds/best practices for editing files using Notepad ++?