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Fire event on window creation/resize/move/close

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

How would I go about waiting for interaction of a window on the desktop and targeting that window?

I'm making a window-organizing app (which I'll share after it's complete) and want to watch for when a window is resized/moved on the desktop.

Edited by mechaflash213
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#2 ·  Posted

I would use the GUIRegisterMsg function and look for the $WM_SYSCOMMAND actions. In my signature is a link to a demo script that I created that shows you the different messages sent by the GUI when you interact with it. The move action isn't listed, but the parameter to look for is WParam = 0xF012 for clicking on the title bar of a gui.


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#3 ·  Posted

WM_MOVE and WM_RESIZE may help with GUIRegisterMsg


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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Thanks Brew. This will work out nicely.

EDIT: I'll look into it Phoenix thx.

Edited by mechaflash213

“Hello, ladies, look at your man, now back to me, now back at your man, now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me, but if he stopped using ladies scented body wash and switched to Old Spice, he could smell like he’s me. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the man your man could smell like. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s an oyster with two tickets to that thing you love. Look again, the tickets are now diamonds. Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady. I’m on a horse.”

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

Did a miniscule test on when a new window is created. The initial _ArrayDisplay() fires the event, however opening up application windows/system windows (New firefox instance and new My Documents instance) doesn't fire it.

I'm thinking GUIRegisterMsg() is only for the actual GUI created by AutoIt and not any window?

EDIT: Removed $iWinCount and added it to the 0 index on $ahWinList

EDIT2: Added _WinOrg_UnRegisterWindow() function to show it fires when you close the _ArrayDisplay()

#include <Array.au3>

;~ HotKeySet("^!e", "_IncludeExclude")

GUIRegisterMsg(0x0001, "_WinOrg_RegisterWindow") ; If Window is Created
GUIRegisterMsg(0x0002, "_WinOrg_UnRegisterWindow") ; If Window is Destroyed
;~ GUIRegisterMsg(0x0003, "_WinOrg_WindowCheck") ; If Window Moves
;~ GUIRegisterMsg(0x0005, "_WinOrg_WindowCheck") ; If Window is Resized
;~ GUIRegisterMsg(0x0047, "_WinOrg_WindowCheck") ; If Window Position Changes

; Global $ahWinList Defined in _WinOrg_Initialize()

_WinOrg_Initialize()
_ArrayDisplay($ahWinList)
_ArrayDisplay($ahWinList)

While 1
    Sleep(100)
WEnd

Func _WinOrg_Initialize()
    $avWinListTemp = WinList()
    Global $ahWinList[$avWinListTemp[0][0]]
    $x = 0
    For $i = 1 To $avWinListTemp[0][0]
        If $avWinListTemp[$i][0] <> "" And _WinOrg_IsVisible($avWinListTemp[$i][1]) Then
            $x+=1
            $ahWinList[$x] = $avWinListTemp[$i][1]
        EndIf
    Next
    $ahWinList[0] = $x
    ReDim $ahWinList[$x + 1]
EndFunc

    Func _WinOrg_IsVisible($handle)
        If BitAND(WinGetState($handle), 2) Then
            Return 1
        Else
            Return 0
        EndIf
    EndFunc

Func _WinOrg_RegisterWindow($hWndGUI, $MsgID)
    msgbox(0,"","REGISTERED WINDOW WITH HANDLE: " & $hWndGUI)
EndFunc

Func _WinOrg_UnRegisterWindow($hWndGUI, $MsgID)
    msgbox(0,"","UNREGISTERED WINDOW WITH HANDLE: " & $hWndGUI)
EndFunc
Edited by mechaflash213

“Hello, ladies, look at your man, now back to me, now back at your man, now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me, but if he stopped using ladies scented body wash and switched to Old Spice, he could smell like he’s me. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the man your man could smell like. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s an oyster with two tickets to that thing you love. Look again, the tickets are now diamonds. Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady. I’m on a horse.”

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#6 ·  Posted (edited)

Was doing some research... I believe the only way to accomplish this is to hook in WH_GETMESSAGE. However, hooks, dlls and the like are still above and beyond my knowledge of use. So at this time, I'll just use a loop gathering window handles and running checks against it. It may or may not be slower than the hook method, as hooking WH_GETMESSAGE does increase processing time, but the code would be a bit cleaner and easier to adjust/expand upon via the hook method.

If I get around to implementing it via the hook method, I'll update the OP.

Edited by mechaflash213

“Hello, ladies, look at your man, now back to me, now back at your man, now back to me. Sadly, he isn’t me, but if he stopped using ladies scented body wash and switched to Old Spice, he could smell like he’s me. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the man your man could smell like. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s an oyster with two tickets to that thing you love. Look again, the tickets are now diamonds. Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady. I’m on a horse.”

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#7 ·  Posted

How would I go about waiting for interaction of a window on the desktop and targeting that window?

I'm making a window-organizing app (which I'll share after it's complete) and want to watch for when a window is resized/moved on the desktop.

_WinAPI_SetWinEventHook($EVENT_SYSTEM_MOVESIZESTART, $EVENT_SYSTEM_MOVESIZEEND, $pEventProc)


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