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I have been working through developing a script to pull some old "outdated" data from an EXE and store it as PDF files for future reference. I have the basic concept of the script sorted, and I can access 90% of the info I need. However there is one control that doesn't seem to respond to anything other than mouse\keyboard input. I have an image of the control :-

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I suspect it is a custom control for the application, the controlview app refers to it as "Table3" I have tried various ControlCommands to access it, but anything beyond IsVisible and IsEnabled etc. fails

Can anybody suggest a way for accessing the control. Inparticular I am interested in retrieving the current selection and the rowcount?

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What is the exe? and what is the exact output of windows info tool?

The Exe is an old set of manuals called TIS

>>>> Window <<<<
Title: TIS
Class: Afx:400000:3:0:5100e6a:2037f
Position: -3, -3
Size: 1030, 774
Style: 0x95480000
ExStyle: 0x00000300
Handle: 0x00040328
>>>> Control <<<<
Class: EtkTable
Instance: 3
ClassnameNN: EtkTable3
Name:
Advanced (Class): [CLASS:EtkTable; INSTANCE:3]
ID: 1093
Text:
Position: 10, 178
Size: 793, 488
ControlClick Coords: 508, 330
Style: 0x50210000
ExStyle: 0x00000004
Handle: 0x00010436

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Have you tried ControlGetText("TIS","","[CLASS:EtkTable; INSTANCE:3]")

It returns a blank string.

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That's not good new :ermm:

Is it possible that the actual control is held with a dialog box, could that be causing the problem?? (It doesn't look like it is, but looking at the EXE in ResourceHacker suggests it might be)

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Yes Loads, which is why I trimmed it, but it all relates to the main window, and not this control.

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My guess is that you're fkd then, sometimes you can get results from the standard UDF _GUI* functions

that you cannot from natives, but I think that is only with known controls.

You say you used "controlview app", are you referring to Valuaters?


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I was refering to is there another one?

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#14 ·  Posted (edited)

Can you select a row, and copy (Ctrl+C) and paste as tab deliminated?

If so, you can loop through down arrow, ctrl+c, parse ClipGet() by tabs, find data or move on.

Sometimes grids allow a ctrl+a as well, so you can parse by crlf and tab, to get the full grid data.

Edited by jdelaney

IEbyXPATH-Grab IE DOM objects by XPATH IEscriptRecord-Makings of an IE script recorder ExcelFromXML-Create Excel docs without excel installed GetAllWindowControls-Output all control data on a given window.

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I had a look with Spy++ at the messages, and got the usual KEYUP KEYDOWN and MOUSEMOVE etc. but nothing really helpful. I'm at a loss at the momeny.

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Can you select a row, and copy (Ctrl+C) and paste as tab deliminated?

If so, you can loop through down arrow, ctrl+c, parse ClipGet() by tabs, find data or move on.

Sometimes grids allow a ctrl+a as well, so you can parse by crlf and tab, to get the full grid data.

No Ctrl+C doesn't work the only keys I've found that do anything are UP, DOWN, HOME and END, Then SPACE Toggles the selection, you can't even use Shift to select as you move up and down.

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#17 ·  Posted (edited)

Sounds like you get to look into the wonderful world of OCR. Unless you have access to the DB, or can petition dev team to expand it's control's visibility.

Edited by jdelaney

IEbyXPATH-Grab IE DOM objects by XPATH IEscriptRecord-Makings of an IE script recorder ExcelFromXML-Create Excel docs without excel installed GetAllWindowControls-Output all control data on a given window.

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try with inspect.exe within the SDK tools of microsoft http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/bb735024.aspx

If this tool gives you something usefull you then based on those 2 threads you could come somewhere using AutoIt and UI Automation (sorry libraries not finished)

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try with inspect.exe within the SDK tools of microsoft http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/bb735024.aspx

If this tool gives you something usefull you then based on those 2 threads you could come somewhere using AutoIt and UI Automation (sorry libraries not finished)

Unless I'm missing something I didn't find anything extra.

I've been doing some lateral thinking and if I can come up with a way of selecting all the items at once I may be able to work round it. However That's not as easy as it sounds as if you loop through pressing {DOWN} and {SPACE} to select stuff you've no idea when you've reached the end.

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