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Hi

I'm new to AutoIt and this is probably a very basic question. I have the following script that I'm playing with.

Run("WINWORD.EXE")

WinWainActive("Document1 - Microsoft Word")

Send("This is my test string")

WinClose("Document1 - Microsoft Word")

WinWaitActive("Microsoft Office Word")

Send("!y")

WinWaitActive("Save As")

Send("c:\temp\test.doc")

Only the word "This" gets send to the document and the rest of it "is my test string" ends up getting sent to the Save dialog box rather than the "C:\temp\test.doc". I'm sure I've missed something but I can't figure out what

Thank you,

Mike

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I haved also tried to use the ControlSend() command and all all that is send to the document is "T" but at least the "C:temptest.doc" is sent to the Save As file name dialog box. Why am I not able to sent a string to my document using send() or ControlSend()?

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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Not tested:

Run("C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12winword.exe")
WinWaitActive("Document1 - Microsoft Word")
Send("This is my test string")
sleep(1000) ; test this time
WinClose("Document1 - Microsoft Word")
WinWaitActive("Microsoft Office Word")
Send("!y")
WinWaitActive("Save As")
Send("c:temptest.doc")

Edit - Tested and appears to work

Edited by nitekram

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That worked, thank you.

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If you are specifically using Word, I would do it this way (from the help file):

#include <Word.au3>

$oWordApp = _WordCreate(@DesktopDir & "Test.doc", 0, 0)

Local $oDoc = _WordDocGetCollection($oWordApp, 0)
 $oDoc.Range.insertAfter("This is my text string.")
_WordQuit($oWordApp, -1)

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This might be off topic, but think it might need some attention. There are a few things that appear to not work correctly with the function Send().

1. When using Alt, Shift, Ctrl with Send(), it sometimes locks the keys as described here.

2. When sending a string as above, it appears that the Send() function does not complete before returning to the calling code.

Maybe someone (dev) can revamp the function and fix these?


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I've had the Send() not complete many times

What I do is find where it stops sending and create a new Send to follow.

For example:

Send("This")

Send(" is my test")

Send(" string.")

Which has always solved my problem


010101000110100001101001011100110010000001101001011100110010000

001101101011110010010000001110011011010010110011100100001

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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

You can also unlock them as describe in your link.

I've never seen a send function not complete, perhaps you can provide an example.

OP provided an example - that is why I said that. Also, if it can be unlocked by code, why not just enter that code into the original function, as to not allow it to happen in the first place. I am just saying that it could be all inclusive, ie make sure it sends the complete line of text, and make sure it releases the keys that get stuck down when using it.

EDIT added the code from OP

Run("WINWORD.EXE")
WinWainActive("Document1 - Microsoft Word")
Send("This is my test string")
WinClose("Document1 - Microsoft Word")
WinWaitActive("Microsoft Office Word")
Send("!y")
WinWaitActive("Save As")
Send("c:temptest.doc")
Edited by nitekram

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Never experienced it.

$MyString = "This is my string"

_Send($MyString)

Func _Send($sString)
    Local $aString = StringSplit($sString,"")
    For $i = 1 To $aString[0]
        Send($aString[$i])
    Next
EndFunc

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The Send command is prone to problems as it is, and should only be used in very specific cases. Adding more code to an already marginal use command wouldn't make much sense.


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#13 ·  Posted (edited)

The Send command is prone to problems as it is, and should only be used in very specific cases. Adding more code to an already marginal use command wouldn't make much sense.

In my case, I use the Send command to script a type of form (really a script) that puts the same set of text chars everytime a new task is to be performed. Is there something else that could be used instead? Without a lot of extra code and time, filling in a form with tabs and pasted text sent via the Send command is a simple script to write.

I don't know, I'm just above slightly confident that it would

workaround the problem in the first post.

I will test this when I get back to office and see if it fixes the issue - as I got the same results as the OP with their code - I hard coded my path though. The Sleep command I put in did in fact fix the issue. Not sure if the text had been longer, the same Sleep time would have worked. Your code looks like it would make sure each character was sent. That in combination of the link I posted would be what I would think would be easy to code - not saying I could do it, but knowing what needs to be done, I could do it in AutoIt code. But I can understand if not too many people are using it then changing the existing code might not be worth it.

EDIT I just thought of another work around, not tested, but sending the text to the clipboard and then using Send command to paste the text - with ctrl v, but you would still have to deal with the sticky keys.

Edited by nitekram

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ControlSend is more reliable than Send, because you specify the window and the exact control to send the text to. Send relies on the hope that the cursor is in the right place when you send the text, if anyone uses the keyboard or the mouse while Sending then that's not going to be the case. Also, Send requires the window to be the active window and visible, ControlSend can send to a minimized window and even works when the computer is locked which Send can't.


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