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I want to read a string from a field on a dialogue box and send it to an app I need to send special characters

I enter "^c" into the box and have code something like

$ID = GUICtrlCreateInput("Input String", 8, 40, 120)

$str = GUICtrlRead($ID)

send ($str)

as you might expect AutoIt does not seem to do the conversion of special characters when they are in a variable (unless I have messed up). Any suggestions?


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Must be something in your script I guess, because it works fine for me... Run the following script, put "^a^x" into the input or something and open a notepad and input some text. Then press the ESC hotkey. For me, that does ^a^x just fine (selects notepad text and cuts it).

Note that your command is ^c, meaning Copy, which has no visual result... So maybe it already works? :graduated:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>


$gui = GUICreate("test",500,150)
$input = GUICtrlCreateInput("test",10,10,450,80)
$button = GUICtrlCreateButton("go",10,100,450,40)

While 1
    $msg = GUIGetMsg()
    If $msg == $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE Then

Func DoIt()
    $shizzle = GUICtrlRead($input)

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Welcome to the AutoIt forum. :graduated:

Try using the "raw" parameter with your Send command:

Send($str, 1)

That way AutoIt does not try to convert the modifier characters (?^+#). :(


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Thanks for your prompt replies! I will try the raw setting. I should have been more accurate I am actually using ControlSend. I can get it going with notepad but only when notepad has focus (thats weird of itself?). I am using

ControlSend("[CLASS:Notepad]", "", "Edit1", $SendStr) This works but only if notepad has focus.

For my program....

ControlSend("MyProg", "", "", $SendStr) This seems to strip the control char, I'll try raw mode.

Thanks again for the phenomenally fast replies :graduated:

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Odd, using raw ControlSend("MyProg", "", "", $SendStr,1) Entering "^m" results in 6m being sent. On a UK keyboard "^" is the shifted "6" key. Something odd going on ...even notepad only works correctly if it has focus?


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