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Winactive logic problem

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What I need this to do is check to see if notepad is running and if it is then make it the active window. If notepad isn't running then it needs to start and become the active window.

While 1
    Sleep(11)
WEnd
Func Change()
    If WinExists('notepad.exe') Then; check to see if the MAC program is already running
        WinActivate('notepad.exe'); makes MAC program active
    Else
        Run('notepad.exe') ; Starts MAC program
    EndIf
EndFunc

Right now it just keeps opening new instances of notepad. What is wrong?


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Try this in place of your line above:

If WinExists("[CLASS:Notepad]") Then

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WinExists takes a title as a parameter, unlike ProcessExists which accepts a filename of the process running.


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Try this in place of your line above:

If WinExists("[CLASS:Notepad]") Then

This fixed the multiple notepad instances but When I hit the button and notepad is open it doesn't activate the window. The title bar stays gray. How can I get the program to do this?

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Here's the whole change you need, sorry should have put this out earlier.

Func Change()
    If WinExists("[CLASS:Notepad]") Then; check to see if the MAC program is already running
        WinActivate("[CLASS:Notepad]"); makes MAC program active
    Else
        Run('notepad.exe') ; Starts MAC program
    EndIf
EndFunc

As somdcomputerguy said above, WinExists takes a title, and so does WinActivate, you can't give them the program name as an argument. See the Help file on how to use these functions.


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I didn't read enough of your original code. So, even though I don't need to say it now, I will anyway; WinActivate takes a title as a parameter also.:graduated:


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Func Change()
    If WinExists("[CLASS:Notepad]") Then; check to see if the MAC program is already running
        WinActivate("[CLASS:Notepad]"); makes MAC program active
    Else
        Run('notepad.exe') ; Starts MAC program
    EndIf
EndFunc

And this fixed the problem with notepad not being the active window. Thank you very much.


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