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Interacting with application menu controls

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I imagine that this has been discussed before, but all of my queries found too many hits to be meaningful.

I want to be able to navigate the File|Edit|View|etc menus in an application and activate specific menu options. I know how to do this with keystrokes (e.g. Alt-F, Down, Down, Enter etc.) but I would prefer to do this more surgically using ControlClicks instead.

The trouble is that the menubar control that contains the File|Edit|View|etc is a single control with a single ID and I see no way to ControlClick the "File" portion of it or scroll down in the submenu and select an item.

Thanks in advance for your insights. If I've missed something obvious in the docs or in the forum, please point me in the right direction.

Thanks,

Dale


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WinMenuSelectItem


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Ugggh. Thanks. I knew I had seen a command with the word 'menu' in it but I could't find it anywhere and I was sniffing in the wrong yard.

That was an RTFM -- thanks.


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Ugggh.  Thanks.  I knew I had seen a command with the word 'menu' in it but I could't find it anywhere and I was sniffing in the wrong yard.

That was an RTFM -- thanks.

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it's really easy to overlook stuff.....I do it all the time...... :(

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Oh well, back to the drawing board. The application I am trying to automate must have a "fake" menu control.

WinMenuSelectItem will only work on standard menus. Unfortunately, many menus in use today are actually custom written or toolbars "pretending" to be menus. This is true for most Microsoft applications.

>>>>>>>>>>> Control Under Mouse <<<<<<<<<<<
Size:       X: 0    Y: 1    W: 1072 H: 27
Control ID: 59647
ClassNameNN:    Afx:400000:8:10011:10:01
Text:       
Style:      0x5400281C
ExStyle:        0x00000000

I can't get at the COM interface for this app, so I'm back to keyboard actions unless there are any other ideas...?


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Automate input type=file (Related)

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IE.au3 issues with Vista - Workarounds

SciTe Debug mode - it's magic: #AutoIt3Wrapper_run_debug_mode=Y Doesn't work needs to be ripped out of the troubleshooting lexicon. It means that what you tried did not produce the results you expected. It begs the questions 1) what did you try?, 2) what did you expect? and 3) what happened instead?

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Oh well, back to the drawing board.  The application I am trying to automate must have a "fake" menu control.

>>>>>>>>>>> Control Under Mouse <<<<<<<<<<<
Size:       X: 0    Y: 1    W: 1072 H: 27
Control ID: 59647
ClassNameNN:    Afx:400000:8:10011:10:01
Text:       
Style:      0x5400281C
ExStyle:        0x00000000

I can't get at the COM interface for this app, so I'm back to keyboard actions unless there are any other ideas...?

<{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Look in this post:Look Larry's response

He did it like this in paint shop pro

ControlSend("Jasc","","BCGToolBar:400000:8:10011:103","w1")

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Look in this post:Look Larry's response

He did it like this in paint shop pro

ControlSend("Jasc","","BCGToolBar:400000:8:10011:103","w1")

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Yes, this is good I think. I'm still sending keystrokes (Alt-fc aka !fc), but they are being directed specifically to the menu control and are not simply being cast out to the Windows ether when another application popup can steal focus and break the workflow.

Thanks all!

Dale


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Automate input type=file (Related)

Alternative to _IECreateEmbedded? better: _IECreatePseudoEmbedded  Better Better?

IE.au3 issues with Vista - Workarounds

SciTe Debug mode - it's magic: #AutoIt3Wrapper_run_debug_mode=Y Doesn't work needs to be ripped out of the troubleshooting lexicon. It means that what you tried did not produce the results you expected. It begs the questions 1) what did you try?, 2) what did you expect? and 3) what happened instead?

Reproducer: a small (the smallest?) piece of stand-alone code that demonstrates your trouble

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