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I have a website using a "RadToolBar_Office2007" javascript slde-out which has resisted all attempts to be activated or clicked.

First off, IE seems to be unable to find it as an object:

; click the menu button
    $oStats = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($oIE, "aspnetForm")
    $oButton = _IEGetObjByName($oStats, "rmExpandDown")
    If IsObj($oButton) Then
        MsgBox(0,"OK", "It's an object");
        MsgBox(0,"Nope","It's not an object");

It does not detect it as an object.

MODIv2 shows the following about the button:


  • class : rmText rmExpandDown

  • Width : 43px
  • Height : 24px
  • Top : 87px
  • Left : 22px
parent structure

  • html
  • body
  • form id="aspnetForm"
  • div id="pageHeader" class="fixed_menu"
  • div id="pageHeaderIndent"
  • div id="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands" class="RadToolBar RadToolBar_Horizontal RadToolBar_Office2007 RadToolBar_Office2007_Horizontal"
  • div class="rtbOuter"
  • div class="rtbMiddle"
  • div class="rtbInner"
  • ul class="rtbUL"
  • li class="rtbItem rtbTemplate rtbItemHovered "
  • div id="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands_i0_menuNavigation" class="RadMenu RadMenu_Web20"
  • ul class="rmHorizontal rmRootGroup"
  • li class="rmItem rmFirst rmLast"
  • a class="rmLink"

  • #text
Here are the items in the javascript form from the page source:

<div id="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands" class="RadToolBar RadToolBar_Horizontal RadToolBar_Office2007 RadToolBar_Office2007_Horizontal" style="font-size:Larger;width:980px;z-index:9000;">
<!-- 2009.3.1314.35 --><div class="rtbOuter">
  <div class="rtbMiddle">
   <div class="rtbInner">
    <ul class="rtbUL">
     <li class="rtbItem rtbTemplate">
                    <div id="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands_i0_menuNavigation" class="RadMenu RadMenu_Web20">
      <ul class="rmHorizontal rmRootGroup">
       <li class="rmItem rmFirst rmLast"><a href="javascript:void(0);" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Menu</span></a><div class="rmSlide">
        <ul class="rmVertical rmGroup rmLevel1">
         <li class="rmItem rmFirst"><a href="javascript:void(0);" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Process Media</span></a><div class="rmSlide">
          <ul class="rmVertical rmGroup rmLevel2">
           <li class="rmItem rmFirst"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Container Pickup</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Download Inventory</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">OM Distribution List</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Scan Verification</span></a></li><li class="rmItem rmLast"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Send List File</span></a></li>
         </div></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="javascript:void(0);" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Authorization</span></a><div class="rmSlide">
          <ul class="rmVertical rmGroup rmLevel2">
           <li class="rmItem rmFirst"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Search Users</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Comments</span></a></li><li class="rmItem rmLast"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Account Status</span></a></li>
         </div></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="javascript:void(0);" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Request</span></a><div class="rmSlide">
          <ul class="rmVertical rmGroup rmLevel2">
           <li class="rmItem rmFirst"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Search Requests</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Search Media Destruction Requests</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Deliver Media</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">New Container/Lock/Insert</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">New or Empty Transport</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Other</span></a></li><li class="rmItem rmLast"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Reschedule Service</span></a></li>
         </div></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="javascript:void(0);" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Research</span></a><div class="rmSlide">
          <ul class="rmVertical rmGroup rmLevel2">
           <li class="rmItem rmFirst"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Completed Library Audits</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Corrective Action Request</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Search Containers</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Search Open Media</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Vault Status Reports</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Global Media Locator</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">OM Vault Status Summary</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Scan Verification History</span></a></li><li class="rmItem rmLast"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Inbound/Outbound Report</span></a></li>
         </div></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="javascript:void(0);" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Disaster Recovery</span></a><div class="rmSlide">
          <ul class="rmVertical rmGroup rmLevel2">
           <li class="rmItem rmFirst rmLast"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Search Employees</span></a></li>
         </div></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="javascript:void(0);" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Admin</span></a><div class="rmSlide">
          <ul class="rmVertical rmGroup rmLevel2">
           <li class="rmItem rmFirst"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Edit My Info</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Edit My Preferences</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Customer Preferences</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Change Password</span></a></li><li class="rmItem "><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Add Retention Profiles</span></a></li><li class="rmItem rmLast"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Retention Profiles</span></a></li>
         </div></li><li class="rmItem rmLast"><a href="#" class="rmLink"><span class="rmText">Home</span></a></li>
      </ul><input id="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands_i0_menuNavigation_ClientState" name="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands_i0_menuNavigation_ClientState" type="hidden" />
</div><input id="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands_ClientState" name="ctl00_Header1_toolbarCommands_ClientState" type="hidden" />
    <br />

It's not really a form and not really a button, so how do you deal with these? I got by for a while with a dumb mouse move and sending tabs, arrows and spacebar, but the mouse move is susceptible to many factors and it's not reliable.


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You can loop over all elements and match the class to get the element you need, here is an example...

#include <IE.au3>

$sURL = ...url...

$oIE = _IECreate($sURL, 1, 1) ; create IE window, go to URL

$oElems = _IETagNameGetCollection($oIE, "li") ; get all li tags
For $oElem In $oElems ; loop over all elements
    If StringInStr($oElem.className, "rmFirst rmLast") Then ; this is the tag we need
        $oLink = _IETagNameGetCollection($oIE, "a", 0) ; get the first link inside the element
        _IEAction($oLink, "click") ; click the link

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Thanks for the code. How would I get $oLink properties so I can see what link it is instead of clicking it?

I think the difficulty is it's not a real form. Elsewhere on the site in question I was able to parse out a dropdown into an array and then use it to submit into a form:

; get the form object and parse out the info
$oCustForm = _IEGetObjByName ($oIE, "selCustomerAccount")
$sCustList = _IEPropertyGet ($oCustForm, "innerhtml")
$aCustList = StringRegExp ($sCustList, '>d+[ws-,()]+<', 3)
For $sTheCust In $aCustList
    If $runOnce = 1 Then
        $oCustForm = _IEGetObjById ($oIE, "ucHeader_selUserAccount")
        _IEFormElementOptionSelect ($oCustForm, $sTheCust, 1, "byText")
    $reportResult = getReport($sTheCust)
    ; $reportResult = getReport($aCustList[14])
    $runOnce = 1

I don't think that's going to work here.

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I have the exact size of the "button" from MODIv2 so I am going to try _IEPropertyGet to get the window position and see if I can do a better job of getting the cursor over the button.

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Here's the best I could come up with. It works. I don't like MouseMove, but this will account for the user changing the layout of toolbars and such.

; ok I give up - let's find the logo gif and base the mouse position off that
$oImgs = _IEImgGetCollection($oIE)
$iNumImg = @extended
;MsgBox(0, "Img Info", "There are " & $iNumImg & " images on the page")
For $oImg In $oImgs
  If $oImg.nameProp = "headerApplicationLogo.gif" Then
   $iULx = _IEPropertyGet($oImg, "screenx")
   $iULy = _IEPropertyGet($oImg, "screeny")
;~    MsgBox(0, "Img Info", "src=" & $oImg.src & @CR & _
;~           "FileName: " & $oImg.nameProp & @CR & _
;~           "x-coordinate of the top left corner: " & $iULx & @CR & _
;~           "y-coordinate of the top left corner: " & $iULy & @CR & _
;~           "Width: " & $oImg.width & @CR & _
;~           "Height: " & $oImg.height & @CR & _
;~           "Border: " & $oImg.border)
If WinExists("SecureSync - Windows Internet Explorer","https://www3.securesync.com/m/HomePagePersonnel.aspx") Then
  WinActivate("SecureSync - Windows Internet Explorer","https://www3.securesync.com/m/HomePagePersonnel.aspx")
  MouseMove($iULx + 31, $iULy + 86)
  MouseClick("left", $iULx + 31, $iULy + 86, 1)

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Here is an example of navigating that menu control on another site without using MouseClick. Note that there is noting wrong with ModIV2, but it hasn't been updated in over 6 years. Other options, like DebugBar, may be useful to you.

#include <IE.au3>
$oIE = _IECreate("[url="http://demos.telerik.com/aspnet-ajax/toolbar/examples/applicationscenarios/gridcommanditem/defaultcs.aspx?product=toolbar"]http://demos.telerik.com/aspnet-ajax/toolbar/examples/applicationscenarios/gridcommanditem/defaultcs.aspx?product=toolbar[/url]")

; Expand fly-down menu with mouseover
$oMenu = _IEGetObjById($oIE, "Header1_Menu1_RadMenu1")
$oItem1 = _IETagnameGetCollection($oMenu, "li", 0)

; drill down to specific menu item and click the anchor link
$oDiv1 = _IETagnameGetCollection($oItem1, "div", 0)
$oDiv2 = _IETagnameGetCollection($oDiv1, "div", 0)
$oDiv3 = _IETagnameGetCollection($oDiv2, "div", 0)
$oDiv4 = _IETagnameGetCollection($oDiv3, "div", 0)
$oA = _IETagnameGetCollection($oDiv3, "a", 0)
_IEAction($oA, "click")


Edit: remove extraneous line from example and add comments

Edited by DaleHohm

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