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I've been working on this personal project of mine and have come to a brick wall that i've been unable to find the answer for.

Essentially i'm able to click on the link

<a class="bookingsButton" href="javascript:checkAutomaticBook('/members/bookings/open/event.book.form.action.xsp',
)">Book&nbsp;<br />
    08:32 AM</a>

This is part of the code that i'm having problem with.

$sMyString = "08:32"

$oLinks = _IELinkGetCollection($oIE)
For $oLink in $oLinks
    $sLinkText = _IEPropertyGet($oLink, "innerText")
    If StringInStr($sLinkText, $sMyString) Then
        _IEAction($oLink, "click")
        WinActivate("Windows Internet Explorer")


After the _IEAction($oLink, "click") the program comes to a halt state. After the clicking of the link a dialog popup box appears.

The autoit Window Info summary shows the following code from the popup window.

>>>> Window <<<<
Title:  Windows Internet Explorer
Class:  #32770
Position:   2747, 476
Size:   272, 185
Style:  0x94C801C5
ExStyle:    0x00010101
Handle: 0x01270BD8

>>>> Control <<<<
Class:  Button
Instance:   1
ClassnameNN:    Button1
Advanced (Class):   [CLASS:Button; INSTANCE:1]
ID: 1
Text:   OK
Position:   56, 119
Size:   75, 23
ControlClick Coords:    45, 11
Style:  0x50030000
ExStyle:    0x00000004
Handle: 0x010D0C34

>>>> Mouse <<<<
Position:   2851, 635
Cursor ID:  0
Color:  0xEFEFEF

>>>> StatusBar <<<<

>>>> ToolsBar <<<<

>>>> Visible Text <<<<
Do you want to automatically book? 

>>>> Hidden Text <<<<

I'm trying to just click the OK button, but the program halts and the IE window minimises. It frezzes until i personally give focus to the window and click the OK button and it'll complete and show the msgbox that it has completed.

I've tried multiple ways but always end up getting a minimized window and frozen program after _IEAction($oLink, "click").

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!


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Winlist then use that to use winactivate

It's not an elegant method but i've used a different script in a different file in order to gain focus and click it.

$Clicked = 0
While $Clicked = 0
    If WinExists("Windows Internet Explorer","Do you want to automatically book?") Then
        WinActivate("Windows Internet Explorer","Do you want to automatically book?")
        $Clicked = 1

Slotting in a fucntion after the "_IEAction($oLink, "click") " code doesn't work no matter what. It goes into a pause state and i would love to have everything in one script. :/

I've tried all the few other methods that i was trying to use to click the ok button and it works as a different script running in the background.

So essentially i guess my question is how do i get the main script to stop pausing @ _IEAction($oLink, "click") ??

Any insights would be nice! Thanks people!

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Please see the second example for _IEAction in the helpfile.


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Please see the second example for _IEAction in the helpfile.


Thank you! I can't believe i missed it when i was reading the example for _IEAction. DOH!

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