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I've been trying to send a mouse click to an inactive window, with ControlClick, but I can only get it to work when the window is active.

Then I tried using ControlClick with AutoHotkey and it worked

#n::ControlClick, x400 y200, WinTitle; This works with inactive window.
#n::ControlClick,, WinTitle,,,, NA x400 y200 ; This does NOT work with inactive window.

Then I tried again using ControlClick in Autoit, and this time it worked all of a sudden.

$handle = WinGetHandle( "WinTitle" )

However, after a while AutoIt didn't work with the inactive window anymore.

Later I found that it works if I do this:

*Let the the window be inactive and use AutoHotkey to send a mouse click

*Now the AutoIt Script will work, as long as I don't activate the window. If I do, AutoIt won't work if I inactivate the window again.

I've tried analyzing the source code of AutoHotKey to see why it works but AutoIt doesn't, but I haven't solved it. I see that AutoHotkey is using SetActiveWindow(), but the window actually never becomes active, its still in the background. But if I use AutoHotkey on any other software like Firefox, then it brings the Firefox window to the foreground. Also, AutoIt ControlClick does work on Firefox when its inactive. So it seems like it's the specific program that is wierd and not responding as it's supposed to. Any thoughts?

I've also tried PostMessage, and SendMessage, but it doesn't work when the window is inactive.

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Hi, Brestell. So I think it begs the question, what program are you trying to manipulate? I agree that it sounds like it is specific to the program window, but without knowing the app, we're shooting in the dark :)

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