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We have a script that runs a program. There are a few spots in the program that open up a windows file save dialog which the script recognizes and does a controlsend to enter the file name and path for saving the file. This has worked great for over a 1 year. Now we are having some problems with the controlsend. At times it replaces characters in the string. For example:

the variable will contain "F:\Company Name\Date\File.ext". I will see the correct value in a console command before the controlsend. After the controlsend I will see the same value in the variable, but in the text box that the control send put the information in, I see "F;\Company\Date\File.ext". So it switches the : with a ;. Other times it switches the \ with |. The part that is driving me crazy is it only happens about 10% of the time.

I have tried setting sendkeydelay to 70. I have placed sleep's infront of the window opening but the problem keeps appearing.

WinWait("Save Form Image As", "")

If Not WinActive("Save Form Image As", "") Then WinActivate("Save Form Image As", "")

WinWaitActive("Save Form Image As", "")


$CLVItem = ControlSend("Save Form Image As", "", "[CLASSNN:Edit1]", $fdcFileSavePath & $FileName)


ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : $fdcFileSavePath = ' & $fdcFileSavePath & @crlf & '>Error code: ' & @error & @crlf) ;### Debug Console


$ret = ControlClick("Save Form Image As", "", "&Save")

ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug(' & @ScriptLineNumber & ') : saveed file = ' & $fdcFileSavePath & $FileName & @CRLF & '>Error code: ' & @error & @CRLF) ;### Debug Console

I have run out of ideas on what to try next.

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Have you tried ControlSetText?

The errors you report are as though sometimes the shift key is incorrectly operated. On a UK keyboard which I use, : is shift + ; and | is shift + \.

It might be worth checking that the shift key is released before the ControlSend is executed. It might even be worth trying to set all the characters to lower case but that's a shot in the dark and I have no experience to say that will have any effect.

If all else fails I suppose you could read what happened with ControlGetText and use ControlSetText untill it is correct.

Edited by martin

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