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Determining which graphic has been 'clicked' in a GUI?

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Greetings,

I am still learning to work with the various GUI functions within AutoIT. I have a script that creates a bunch of graphic rectangles within a GUI control window. My question is fairly simple, how do I determine which of those graphics are "clicked" when the user does so? It is straightforward when there is only 1 graphic, however when there are multiples is there an easy/quick way to determine the one that was clicked? I'd like to be able to easily retrieve infomation such as the graphic's X and Y position upon clicking...I know a unique ControlID is assigned to each one upon creation, but I am not sure how to use this to advantage. Any help appreciated, thank you in advance.

Global X_pos = 0
Global Y_pos = 1
Dim $graph2[31]
Dim $Attributes[31][2]
$LIST = FileOpen("C:\Files\Automate\MASTER\data\MasterList.txt")
While 1
$line = FileReadLine($LIST)
If @error = -1 Then ExitLoop
...
$x = 1
$graph2[$x] = GUICtrlCreateGraphic($X_PLOT, $Y_PLOT, 10, $PIPS, $SS_BLACKFRAME)
$Attributes{$x][X_pos] = $X_PLOT
$Attributes{$x][Y_pos] = $Y_PLOT
$x += 1
Wend
Do
     $msg = GUIGetMsg()
     Select
         Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_PRIMARYDOWN         
         ;how do I determine which graphic ($graph2[$x]) has
         ;been clicked upon so I can retrieve certain info about
         ;that graphic like its X and Y position (previously assigned
         ;in the '$Attributes' array) for example?
     EndSelect
Until GUIGetMsg() = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE

Perhaps my code explains it better...I am confused as to how AutoIT enables me to program a 'dynamic' GUI that can retrieve/display info about the various graphics and other files that can be clicked and thus be interactive with the user? Thank you in advance.

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#2 ·  Posted (edited)

Select
   Case $msg=$graph2[$x]
EndSelect

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Phoenix XL

Edited by PhoenixXL

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Thanks, but how is the determination made (which index #) for the value of x? Do I have to write a loop within the case statement somehow? If so what am I searching for within my loop to "match up" with the $graph2[$x]...the ControlID?? How does the case statement determine if the $graph2[1] or the $graph2[15] or whatever has been clicked? Sorry for my confusion.

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Can I possibly get an explanation as to how the handle of the graphic that is 'clicked' can be reconciled with the multitude of graphic indexes stored in $graph2[$x]? I am not understanding the concept...

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Burgs,

PhoenixXL's suggestion while a good hint, was not exactly a full solution. You are correct that you need a loop to determine which control was clicked by comparing the returned message number with the array elements. :)

Here is a simplified version of your script to show how you might do it - you should be able to adapt it to read from your file without too much trouble:

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

Global $X_pos = 0
Global $Y_pos = 1

; Do not use Dim - always explicitly set the scope
Global $graph2[31]
Global $Attributes[31][2]

; This is just so we can preven the graphics from overlapping
$X_PLOT = 10
$Y_PLOT = 10

GUICreate("Test", 700, 300)

; You only have this many array elements, so limit the loop to this number
For $x = 0 To UBound($graph2) - 1

    ; Amend the x,y coords for each graphic
    $X_PLOT += 20
    $Y_PLOT += 5

    ; Create the graphic controls and store the ControlID
    ; Note we need to define ALL the styles as they are not the default
    $graph2[$x] = GUICtrlCreateGraphic($X_PLOT, $Y_PLOT, 20, 20, BitOR($SS_NOTIFY, $SS_BLACKFRAME))
    $Attributes[$x][$X_pos] = $X_PLOT ; X coord
    $Attributes[$x][$Y_pos] = $Y_PLOT ; Y coord

Next

GUISetState()

While 1

    $nMsg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $nMsg
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
        Case $graph2[0] To $graph2[30]
            ; As long as we create the graphic controls in IMMEDIATE succession the ControlIDs shooudl form a block
            ; So we can use a loop to determine which one it was
            For $i = 0 To UBound($graph2) - 1 
                If $nMsg = $graph2[$i] Then
                    ; And so display the X/Y coordinates
                    MsgBox(0, "Clicked " & $i, $Attributes[$i][$X_pos] & " - " & $Attributes[$i][$Y_pos])
                    ExitLoop
                EndIf
            Next
    EndSwitch
WEnd

I hope the comments are clear enough, but please ask if you have any questions. ;)

M23


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Thanks Melba, I will try that later when I have the time...however looking at it quickly I think I understand, and it seems well commented...thank you again.

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