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You want to start an external program, wait till it has finished loading (how do you know when it has finished to load) and then return to the AutoIt script while the external program is still running?

My UDFs and Tutorials:

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UDFs:
Active Directory (NEW 2021-06-05 - Version 1.5.4.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
ExcelChart (2017-07-21 - Version 0.4.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts
OutlookEX (NEW 2021-06-14 - Version 1.6.5.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
OutlookEX_GUI (2021-04-13 - Version 1.4.0.0) - Download
Outlook Tools (2019-07-22 - Version 0.6.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki
PowerPoint (NEW 2021-08-31 - Version 1.5.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
Task Scheduler (2019-12-03 - Version 1.5.1.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

Standard UDFs:
Excel - Example Scripts - Wiki
Word - Wiki

Tutorials:
ADO - Wiki
WebDriver - Wiki

 

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You want to start an external program, wait till it has finished loading (how do you know when it has finished to load) and then return to the AutoIt script while the external program is still running?

Yeh exactly! I want to start an external program, wait till finished loading, and when the program knows that it had finish loading, it will carry out some other operation.

Tat posssible?

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Function Run -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/functions/Run.htm

for running external program

But I don't know how you can know if program finished loading.. :/

Maybe it is using the Loading cursor? The Sandglass?

If yes, then use: MouseGetCursor -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/functions/MouseGetCursor.htm

There are cursors:

Returns a cursor ID Number:
    0 = UNKNOWN (this includes pointing and grabbing hand icons)
    1 = APPSTARTING
    2 = ARROW
    3 = CROSS
    4 = HELP
    5 = IBEAM
    6 = ICON
    7 = NO
    8 = SIZE
    9 = SIZEALL
  10 = SIZENESW
  11 = SIZENS
  12 = SIZENWSE
  13 = SIZEWE
  14 = UPARROW
  15 = WAIT
  16 = HAND

Number 15 = WAIT will be Sandglass I think.

But if your program isn't using sandglass, then you need to ask others or use Sleep function:

Sleep(delay in ms) e.g. Sleep(2500) - 2,5 sec.

The rest is yours.

Hope I helped :oops:

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Maybe. How can you tell that the program finished loading and how long does this usually take?

My UDFs and Tutorials:

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UDFs:
Active Directory (NEW 2021-06-05 - Version 1.5.4.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
ExcelChart (2017-07-21 - Version 0.4.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts
OutlookEX (NEW 2021-06-14 - Version 1.6.5.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
OutlookEX_GUI (2021-04-13 - Version 1.4.0.0) - Download
Outlook Tools (2019-07-22 - Version 0.6.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki
PowerPoint (NEW 2021-08-31 - Version 1.5.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
Task Scheduler (2019-12-03 - Version 1.5.1.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

Standard UDFs:
Excel - Example Scripts - Wiki
Word - Wiki

Tutorials:
ADO - Wiki
WebDriver - Wiki

 

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