ShowMessage (actionGroup) Element

Represents an action that shows a message box.

<xs:element name="ShowMessage"

The ShowMessage element is defined by the actionGroup .

Parent element

ElementDerived fromDescription
Actions (taskType) actionsType

Contains the actions performed by the task.

Child elements

Body nonEmptyString

Specifies the text to display in the body of the message box.

Title nonEmptyString

Specifies the title of the message box.


For scripting development, a message box action is specified using the ShowMessageAction object.

For C++ development, a message box action is specified using the IShowMessageAction interface.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012:  This element has been removed. You can use IExecAction with the Windows scripting MsgBox function to show a message in the user session.


For a complete example of the XML for a task that uses a message box action, see Message Box Example (XML).


Minimum supported client

Windows Vista [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2008 [desktop apps only]

End of client support

Windows 7

End of server support

Windows Server 2008 R2