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Hi again..

What would the best way to hide text after a given time without causing the exe to hang ie like it does using sleep

What I'm trying to do is have a label display a message ie "You've taken a key", the message would display for 4 seconds then go away, while this is happening I need to be able to do other things

While I'm on with labels is it possible to have the background transperent?

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the message would display for 4 seconds then go away

Look at the AdlibRegister function in the Help file. This will fire a function after a given delay without halting the script:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>

$hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 500, 500)

; Show a timer that keeps running
GUICtrlCreateLabel("The timer keep running", 10, 30, 200, 20)
$cTimer = GUICtrlCreateLabel("", 10, 50, 200, 20)

; A button to display the message
$cButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Display", 10, 100, 80, 30)

; A label to hold the message
$cLabel = GUICtrlCreateLabel("", 200, 100, 200, 40)
GUICtrlSetFont(-1, 18)


While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        Case $cButton
            ; Show the message
            GUICtrlSetData($cLabel, "I show for 4 secs")
            ; Start an Adlib function to fire every 4 secs
            AdlibRegister("_Hide_text", 4000)
    ; Run the timer
    If @SEC <> GUICtrlRead($cTimer) Then
        GUICtrlSetData($cTimer, @SEC)

Func _Hide_text()
    ; Remove the text
    GUICtrlSetData($cLabel, "")
    ; Cancelthe Adlib function until next time

All clear? :)

with labels is it possible to have the background transperent?

In the Help file page for GUICtrlCreateLabel under Remarks:

To set the background to transparent, use GUICtrlSetBkColor(-1, $GUI_BKCOLOR_TRANSPARENT).

Always worth reading the Help file carefully before you post. ;)


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Thanks Melba23 :)

exactly what I needed, in my defence I was searching for wait, sleep etc lol

the label transparent was lazyness on my part oddly for some reason the text doesn't go away it just overlays on top of the other, but it does in the AdlibRegister example

It seems to be because my gui is set $WS_EX_COMPOSITED to prevent images flashing as they change, no biggy really I was going to have the text in a image area ui anyway..

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