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I've searched the forums and found several articles but I guess I'm missing the idea of being able to create multiple checkboxes in a loop. Ok, let me revise that. I can create them fine, but I'm struggling to understand how to interact with the checkboxes.

I want to create a GUI to read one INI file, creating checkboxes based on the sections in that INI file. This I'm able to do. However, I can't figure out how to read or set the state of the checkbox.

Here's a sample script so far. Keep in mind I've been playing with different things to see what results are to try other things to see if I can change the state of a checkbox or read the state, but nothing is helping. The script isn't the cleanest thing in the world right now due to the troubleshooting I'm doing.

Here's some of the code (Not All):

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#Include <File.au3>
#Include <Array.au3>
#include <String.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <Constants.au3>
Dim $CheckBoxes[2], $OutputArray[2][2], $objWMIService, $CheckBoxArray[2][2]
$b = 2
$Sections = IniReadSection(@ScriptDir&"\GWPInfo.ini","Options")
GuiCtrlCreateLabel("The helpdesk will advise which options to choose.",10,20,280,20)
;$Basic = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Basic",10,40,100,20)
For $a = 1 to $Sections[0][0]
If StringInStr(($a/2),".") > 0 Then
ReDim $CheckBoxes[$a+1]
ReDim $CheckBoxArray[$a+1][2]
$CheckBoxes[$a] = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox($Sections[$a][0],10, $b * 20,100,20)
$CheckBoxes[0] = $a
$CheckBoxArray[0][0] = $a
$CheckBoxArray[$a][0] = $Sections[$a][0]
$CheckBoxArray[$a][1] = $CheckBoxes[$a]
$b = $b + 1
ConsoleWrite("$CheckBoxes[$a] for "&$Sections[$a][0]&" = "&$CheckBoxes[$a]&@CRLF)
ReDim $CheckBoxes[$a+1]
ReDim $CheckBoxArray[$a+1][2]
$CheckBoxes[$a] = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox($Sections[$a][0],160, $b * 20,100,20)
$CheckBoxes[0] = $a
$CheckBoxArray[0][0] = $a
$CheckBoxArray[$a][0] = $Sections[$a][0]
$CheckBoxArray[$a][1] = $CheckBoxes[$a]
ConsoleWrite("$CheckBoxes[$a] for "&$Sections[$a][0]&" = "&$CheckBoxes[$a]&@CRLF)
For $f = $CheckboxArray[1][0] to $CheckboxArray[0][0] + $CheckboxArray[1][0]
If $CheckBoxArray[$f][0] = "Basic" Then
ConsoleWrite("Found Basic"&@CRLF)
ConsoleWrite("Basic's GUI ID = "&$CheckBoxArray[$f][1]&@CRLF)

$Start = GUICtrlCreateButton("START",110,230,80,40,0x0001)
While 1
$msg = GUIGetMsg()
Case $msg = $Start
For $c = 2 to $Sections[0]
If $CheckBoxes[$c] And BitAND(GUICtrlRead($CheckBoxes[$c]), $GUI_CHECKED) = $GUI_CHECKED Then
Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE

Func GatherBasic()
;Do something

Here's the INI:


When you run it, it'll display the array of $checkboxes that'll show:

[0] > 3

[1] > 4

[2] > 5

[3] > 6

Closing out the array will show:

$CheckBoxes[$a] for Basic = 4

$CheckBoxes[$a] for Network = 5

$CheckBoxes[$a] for SAP = 6

Found Basic

Basic's GUI ID = 4

L:\Utilities\GWPInfo\GWPInfo.au3 (52) : ==> Array variable has incorrect number of subscripts or subscript dimension range exceeded.:


GuiCtrlSetState(^ ERROR

Now, again keep in mind that the original line it's error'ing out on looked like GuiCtrlSetState($CheckBoxes[$CheckBoxArray[$f][1]],$GUI_CHECKED). I changed it to GuiCtrlSetState($CheckBoxes[4],$GUI_CHECKED) just to see if my syntax was wrong (which it may still be).

Did I setup the Checkboxes wrong?

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I'm trying to follow what you're doing in this script and I'm lost as to what that might be.

$Checkboxes[4] is an error because the array only has 4 elements in it (0-3).

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You're using the control ID ($CheckBoxArray[$f][1]) as the index into the $CheckBoxes array. This is wrong obviously. You need to search the [$f][1] dimension of the $CheckBoxArray array for the matching control ID, then use that index to access the $CheckBoxes array.

That said... why would you do that anyway? $CheckBoxArray[$a][1] has the same value that you stored in $CheckBoxes[$a] (you copied it in line 24). That ID value is what you need for GUICtrlSetState anyway, so why do you need to keep it in two places?

Edited by wraithdu

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I thought "4" (since it showed up as a value in the $CheckBoxes array) would be the handle for that control. If the "4" isn't a handle, then what exactly is it?

So I guess I went about it wrong, hence why I'm asking for help. ;)

So let's start at the beginning. How do I dynamically create checkboxes based on sectionnames in an INI file and be able to retrieve the states using a loop to create them?

Edited by ttleser

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did I offend you guys?

Not as far as I know. :)

This might give you a clue: ;)

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>

; Declare variables
$sIni = "GWPInfo.ini"

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

$aData = IniReadSection($sIni, "Options")

$iCount = $aData[0][0]

; Create an array to hold the ControlIDs of the checkboxes
Global $aCheck[$iCount + 1]

For $i = 1 To $iCount
    ; Store controIDs of the checkboxes
    $aCheck[$i] = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox($aData[$i][0], 10, $i * 20, 100, 20)


While 1

    ; Wait for an event
    $iMsg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $iMsg
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        Case $aCheck[1] To $aCheck[$iCount]
            ; Which box was it?
            For $i = 1 To $iCount
                If $iMsg = $aCheck[$i] Then
                    ; Is it checked or not?
                    $sState = "Checked"
                    If GUICtrlRead($iMsg) <> 1 Then
                        $sState = "Unchecked"
                    ; Announce the result
                    MsgBox(0, "Altered", $aData[$i][0] & @CRLF & "Current state: " & $sState)



The "4" you mention is the ControlID of the control - an index to an internal array within AutoIt to identify the control. ;)


Edited by Melba23

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