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[Closed] How to Call a MenuItem when the Menu is not a Standard Menu?

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

Hello

For many applications, you can call a MenuItem from the MenuBar via the WinMenuSelectItem() function.

There are some applications tho, that don't use the standard menu, but something else.

For Example:

- Skype

- Windows Explorer/Internet Explorer

and some more

Can someone tell me how can I call a certain MenuItem of those 2 applications for example?

(there should be a way, for example via Windows Messages - but how do I know which message to send, out of the tens of messages that I catch with Winspector/Spy++)

Thank you

Edited by Zohar

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I didn't try WinMenuSelectItem() with the apps you mentioned but you can use Send() as long as you know the accelerators.

Opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 2)
$sTitle = "Internet Explorer"
Do
    Sleep(100)
Until ProcessExists("iexplore.exe")
WinWaitActive($sTitle)
Sleep(1000)
Send("!f")
Sleep(1000)
Send("t")

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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Hi GEOSoft and thank you for your reply

Yeah, that's what I currently use, as a workaround,

but the problem with it, is that it shows the menus, and it flickers(when it's done fast).

WinMenuSelectItem() spares you this problem, in applications that have a standard menu.

From what I understood, when having an application that has a non-standard menu,

you can send a Windows Message(via _SendMessage()) to activate a desired MenuItem.

And that directly activates the MenuItem, without showing it.

Now I just need to know how to do it..

For example, how to find in Skype, how to activate some MenuItem...

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Sorry, the only thing I can tell you about Skype is how to kill it. I wrote a script to do that for a few demented users.


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heh :D

ok. If anyone else knows, please help me..

I would really like to succeed calling a MenuItem in Skype(for example), without actually opening the menu.

I want it to be as simple and direct as WinMenuSelectItem().

please help me anyone

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