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I wrote a simple script for my job that has failed for an odd reason. We're running on Windows XP Pro, SP3.

This script is needed to get around a bug in a recent release that we just installed. I am copying some text from InCopy, pasting it into Notepad and copying it from there to strip out hidden codes. Then it can be pasted into a properties box without crashing the database application. Yeah, sounds like a pain but it'll be a few months before a fix will come from the vendor.

So the script works okay, now here's the problem ...

If I launch the script from a desktop or quick launch shortcut it will run just fine. But if I launch it using a Windows Shortcut Key (as defined in a shortcut's properties) there is a 30 second or so pause before the script starts.

Any idea what could be causing the long delay?

I don't think anything is wrong in the script but here it is, just in case.

WinActivate("Adobe InCopy CS3")
If Not WinActive("Adobe InCopy CS3") Then Exit
WinWait("Untitled - Notepad")
If Not WinActive("Untitled - Notepad") Then WinActivate("Untitled - Notepad")
WinWaitActive("Untitled - Notepad")
WinClose("Untitled - Notepad")
WinWaitActive("Notepad", "Do you want to save")
WinWait("Adobe InCopy CS3")
If Not WinActive("Adobe InCopy CS3") Then WinActivate("Adobe InCopy CS3")
WinWaitActive("Adobe InCopy CS3")
WinWait("Text Document Properties")
If Not WinActive("Text Document Properties") Then WinActivate("Text Document Properties")
WinWaitActive("Text Document Properties")

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This could be a problem with windows. The reason I say that because I had a very similar problem in the past when I created a shortcut key for the calculator. If i launched it from start menu everything was fine, but using the shortcut there was always a delay. Humor me and assign a shortcut to calc or something and see if a delay happens with that program. If so we know its not your script.

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Thanks for the reply, Beege.

I should have mentioned that other Shortcut Keys are also delayed. Even the WinKey+E or +R (Windows Explorer and Run) are delayed. Seems it may be connected to InCopy or our database app that supports it.

Just hoping that someone would spot something in my script that was creating the delay.

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other Shortcut Keys are also delayed. Even the WinKey+E or +R (Windows Explorer and Run) are delayed.

Does the delay happen when you've been logged in for a while?  I get a huge delay between logging in and Windows responding to shortcut keys (e.g. Ctrl-Alt-B).  I've seen this on many versions of Windows.

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