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I have a GUI with a GUICtrlCreateEdit Box.

There I want to insert a String (copy paste) and edit the string when I click on a button.

The strings consits of some lines.

To edit the String I want to read it line for line.

I can't find a function like readline or similar. (cause I don't know the name)

How to realize this?

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Use GUICtrlRead to get the contents of the Edit and then StringSplit to break it into lines. ;)

If your Edit wordwraps we might have to get more complicated and use ControlCommand, but try the above first. :)


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StringSplit sounds good, I will try.

Thank you M23

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Hi Guys,

I know that this is a horribly old thread and I'm not attempting to revive it, but I ran across it while attempting to solve the same problem. I guess I will add my response in the event that someone else needs help with the same issue. Basically, I made an edit box that a user can add text into. At which point, after pressing the button; the program will format each line. I attempted to use the SplitString command, but found that it was difficult to separate the lines if the text had no clear delimiters.  ( Please keep in mind that I am newish to programming and very new to Autoit. There may be some elegant way of accomplishing this task.) Here is how I accomplished the task (pseudo-code):

Func LineReadGuiCtrlEdit:

           $mainGuiEdit  ; this will represent the variable used to create the edit box

           $inputString = guictrlread($mainGuiEdit)  ; note that if the user entered 5 lines of text, they will be passed to the variable with the line breaks included

           $outString = " "  ; this string will hold the formatted output data

           Create a temp text file

           Open temp text file

            filewrite(temptTextFile, $inputString ) ; writes the data from the  edit box into the temp file

            $fileArray = FileReadToArray(tempTextFile) ; reads the text placed into the

            For $i = 0  to UBound($fileArray) ; this loop will iterate through each element of the array

                     IF    $i < UBound($fileArray) Then  ;only execute the following commands as long as you are within bounds of the array

                                   IF  $fileArray [$i] =  "Some condition" Then

                                                $outString &= manipulate the line in the current array element

                                   End if


                     $outString  &= @CRLF ;  In my program I used this in order to keep the original line structure entered by the user. You many not want to however.

            next  ; indicates the end of the for loop


        return $outString ; you can now use the output of the function and place it in a msgbox or perhaps into a permanent file etc....



Addendum: Since each element of the array is an individual line of text from the edit box. I don't have to worry about figuring out what would make an appropriate delimiter.  If there is a more elegant way of doing this with the SplitString command, I would like to know it for my own edification! Thanks!

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Hi, welcome to the forum
you don't need to open an old thread like this, just create a new post then reference the old post, also use the <> to post code

you could use a unicode chr to split the items i guess, like example below

#include <Array.au3>
FileWrite('test.txt',"somedata line1"&@lf&'somedataline2'&chrw(65000))
FileWrite('test.txt',"somedata with line breaks line1"&@crlf&"line2"&@crlf&'line 3'&chrw(65000))
FileWrite('test.txt',"somedata with line breaks line1"&@crlf&"line2"&@crlf&'line 3'&chrw(65000))
$text = FileRead("test.txt")
$text = StringSplit ($text,chrw(65000))
for $x=0 to $text[0]


Edited by jvds

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