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Working example of GetTextColor()/GetBkColor()

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Get text and background colour from standard controls

How to retrieve the data you already have...

Not a very useful thing, as it only works for in-process standard controls, but there you go.

This example is based on code by Prog@ndy and Malkey in this thread:


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Standard Controls do not store colour in their Device Context. (CS_OWNDC)

Using GetTextColor() on the controls DC returns 0xFFFFFF, (COLOR_WINDOW)

the default value in the WNDCLASS structure. The parent window sets the colour (CS_PARENTDC)

By sending a WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message to the controls parent window.

we can have it write to a temporary memory DC and then use GetTextColor/GetBkColor.

The four functions return the RGB colours of visible, hidden or disabled Standard Controls

on active, inactive, hidden, disabled, locked or minimized AutoIt GUI forms.

The following form/control classes have been tested in XP/VISTA x86:

AutoIt v3 GUI, Static (Label), Edit(Edit/Input), Button (Ownerdrawn/Classic Theme PushButton**, Group, Radio, CheckBox), ListBox, ComboBox

_GuiCtrlGetTextColorEx() - get RGB text colour of visible/hidden/disabled in-process* controls.

on an active, inactive, hidden, locked, disabled or minimized gui.

_GuiCtrlGetBkColorEx() - get RGB background colour of visible/hidden/disabled in-process* controls.

on an active, inactive, hidden, locked, disabled or minimized gui.

_GUIGetBkColorEx() - get RGB background colour of active, inactive, hidden, locked, disabled or

minimized in-process* forms. - the only feature this adds over existing forum examples is getting colour from a minimized gui

_GuiCtrlGetColorEx() - all-in-one testing version with ownerdrawn/themed button testing

Use the separate functions _GUICtrlGetTextColorEx() and_GUICtrlGetBkColorEx() instead of this

*This UDF only supports controls in the current script process. It does not work with external process controls.

Nor does it support controls that are painted on (colour not set by WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message)

themed controls or Common Controls (they have their own methods to retrieve colour)

Does not return transparent layered window attributes, use _WinAPI_GetLayeredWindowAttributes()

Disabled and/or hidden controls will still return their enabled colours,

the WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message does not return the system colours for disabled controls.

**NOTE: ownerdrawn buttons with no set background color default to the COLOR_BTNFACE system colour,

but the returned background mode is OPAQUE and the colour is the underlying colour of the parent gui,

so GetPixel() is required to get the actual colour.

There will probably be some conditions or OS versions where this code will return incorrect or no colour.

Other get control colour examples:

Get GUI Background color? is there such a thing??


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GUICtrlGetBkColor() - Get the background color of a control

Get colour get label colour


Get text, background colour and background mode from four standard controls (visible/hidden/disabled)

while looping through the following gui states: active, inactive, hidden, minimized, locked and disabled.

;#AutoIt3Wrapper_au3check_parameters=-d -w 1 -w 2 -w 3 -w 4 -w 5 -w 6
#include "_GetCtrlColorEx.au3"

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <Constants.au3>
#include <StaticConstants.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>

Opt('MustDeclareVars', 1)

Global $aColour, $aStr[4] = ["Edit", "Static 1", "Static 2", "Button "]
Global $hGui = GUICreate('Get Control Colours', 230, 200)
Global $cFst = GUICtrlCreateInput('Edit', 20, 10, 160, 20);, BitOR($GUI_SS_DEFAULT_INPUT, $ES_READONLY)
GUICtrlSetColor(-1, 0xFF0000)
GUICtrlSetBkColor(-1, 0xFAFAFF)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Static 1", 20, 45, 160, 20, BitOR($SS_CENTERIMAGE, $SS_CENTER))
GUICtrlSetColor(-1, 0x191970)
GUICtrlCreateLabel("Static 2", 20, 80, 160, 20)
GUICtrlSetColor(-1, 0xFFE9A9)
GUICtrlSetBkColor(-1, 0x6E7B80)
GUICtrlCreateButton("Button", 20, 115, 160, 25)
GUICtrlSetColor(-1, 0xFAFAFF)
GUICtrlSetBkColor(-1, 0x494949)
;classic theme
;DllCall("uxtheme.dll", "int", "SetWindowTheme", "hwnd", GUICtrlGetHandle(-1), "wstr", "", "wstr", "")


For $i = 0 To 6
    Switch $i
        Case 0
            ConsoleWrite("+ ACTIVE ====================" & @CRLF)
        Case 1
            ConsoleWrite("+ INACTIVE ==================" & @CRLF)
            _WinAPI_SetWindowPos($hGui, $HWND_BOTTOM, 0, 0, 0, 0, BitOR($SWP_SHOWWINDOW, $SWP_NOSIZE, $SWP_NOMOVE))
        Case 2
            _WinAPI_SetWindowPos($hGui, $HWND_TOP, 0, 0, 0, 0, BitOR($SWP_SHOWWINDOW, $SWP_NOSIZE, $SWP_NOMOVE))
            ConsoleWrite("+ HIDDEN ====================" & @CRLF)
        Case 3
            ConsoleWrite("+ MINIMIZED ==================" & @CRLF)
        Case 4
            ConsoleWrite("+ LOCKED ======================" & @CRLF)
        Case 5
            ConsoleWrite("+ DISABLED ====================" & @CRLF)
        Case 6
            ConsoleWrite("+ CONTROLS HIDDEN/DISABLED =====" & @CRLF)
            For $j = $cFst To ($cFst+3)
                GUICtrlSetState($j, $GUI_DISABLE)
                GUICtrlSetState($j, $GUI_HIDE)

    For $k = $cFst To ($cFst+3)
        $aColour = _GUICtrlGetColorEx($k, 1)
        ConsoleWrite("+ "&$aStr[$k-$cFst]&" Text  Colour: " & $aColour[0][0] & @CRLF)
        ConsoleWrite("+ "&$aStr[$k-$cFst]&" Text  Colour: " & _GUICtrlGetTextColorEx($k, 1) & @CRLF)
        ConsoleWrite("- "&$aStr[$k-$cFst]&" BkGnd Colour: " & $aColour[1][0] & " - " & $aColour[1][1] & @CRLF)
        ConsoleWrite("- "&$aStr[$k-$cFst]&" BkGnd Colour: " & _GUICtrlGetBkColorEx($k, 1) & " - Mode: " & @extended & @CRLF & @CRLF)

    ConsoleWrite("> GUI BkGnd Colour: " & _GUIGetBkColorEx($hGui, 1) & @CRLF & @CRLF)

For $j = $cFst To ($cFst+3)
    GUICtrlSetState($j, $GUI_ENABLE)
    GUICtrlSetState($j, $GUI_SHOW)

Until GUIGetMsg() = -3


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Updated: 22/04/2018

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