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Hi all,

I want to implement a timer GUI that can do the following:

1) start button that starts counting

2) stop button that stops counting

3) reset button that resets timer to zero

4) display of current count which updates every second (format: 4 hr 23 min 50 sec)

Unfortunately I have no experience in creating a GUI. In fact I'm quite new to AutoIt.

Can anyone give me any pointers on how to create such an application? If there are good documentations or reference scripts that I can use, please point them out.

Much thanks,


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Here is a script I wrote a long time ago for someone else. It does not do everything you want, but it should give you some good pointers for your own code:

#include <GuiConstantsEx.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <Date.au3>

GUICreate("Timer Test", 200, 200)

$hLabel1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("00:00:00", 20, 20, 100, 20)
$hLabel2 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("", 20, 20, 100, 20)
GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_HIDE)
$hButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Start", 20, 100, 80, 30)
$hHour = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 20, 150, 20, 20)
GUICtrlSetLimit(-1, 2)
$hMins = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 50, 150, 20, 20)
GUICtrlSetLimit(-1, 2)
$hSecs = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 80, 150, 20, 20)
GUICtrlSetLimit(-1, 2)


Global $fTimer = False
Global $iEndTicks = 0
$iCurrSec = 0

While 1

        Case @SEC <> $iCurrSec
            GUICtrlSetData($hLabel2, @HOUR & ":" & @MIN & ":" & @SEC)
            $iCurrSec = @SEC
        Case _TimeToTicks(@HOUR, @MIN, @SEC) = $iEndTicks
            GUICtrlSetData($hButton, "Start")
            GUICtrlSetState($hLabel2, $GUI_HIDE)
            For $i = $hHour To $hSecs
                GUICtrlSetData($i, "")
            MsgBox(0, "Timer test", "Ding!")

    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        Case $hButton
            $fTimer = Not $fTimer
            If $fTimer Then
                GUICtrlSetData($hButton, "Stop")
                GUICtrlSetState($hLabel2, $GUI_SHOW)
                GUICtrlSetData($hButton, "Start")
                GUICtrlSetState($hLabel2, $GUI_HIDE)


Func Set_Alarm()

    $sAlarm_Hour = GUICtrlRead($hHour)
    If $sAlarm_Hour > 23 Or $sAlarm_Hour = "" Then
        $sAlarm_Hour = 0
        GUICtrlSetData($hHour, "00")
    $sAlarm_Min = GUICtrlRead($hMins)
    If $sAlarm_Min > 59 Or $sAlarm_Min = "" Then
        $sAlarm_Min = 0
        GUICtrlSetData($hMins, "00")
    $sAlarm_Sec = GUICtrlRead($hSecs)
    If $sAlarm_Sec > 59 Or $sAlarm_Sec = "" Then
        $sAlarm_Sec = 0
        GUICtrlSetData($hSecs, "00")
    $iEndTicks = _TimeToTicks($sAlarm_Hour, $sAlarm_Min, $sAlarm_Sec)

EndFunc   ;==>Set_Alarm

Please ask if anything is not clear in the code. :mellow:


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