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Hi Guys,

So I'm going through a basics tutorial for AutoIT (Original by Alex Peters (LxP)) and I've come across a hitch on one of the first scripts. I'm using the SciTE4AutoIt3 editor.

The script relates to notepad.exe and involved opening it, adding text, closing it and not saving. The code is here...

#ce ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

; Script Start - Add your code below here

WinWaitActive("Untitled - Notepad")
Send("This is some text.")
WinClose("Untitled - Notepad")
WinWaitActive("Notepad", "Save")
;WinWaitActive("Notepad", "Do you want to save") ; When running under Windows XP

When I run this, notepad.exe will re-open itself a seemingly infinite number of times even when all other applications are closed (including the compiler). Eventually, my system will crash and I have to restart.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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It's the Send command. This demonstrates a better example.


Func Example()
    ; Simulate the key combination Win + R to open the Run dialogue window.

    ; Wait 10 seconds for the Run dialogue window to appear.
    WinWait("Run", "", 10)

    ; Simulate entering notepad.exe and pressing the 'ENTER' key.

    ; Wait 10 seconds for the Notepad window to appear.
    Local $hWnd = WinWait("[CLASS:Notepad]", "", 10)

    ; Simulate entering the following string and pressing the 'F5' key to input the date and time into edit control of Notepad.
    Send("Today's time/date is {F5}")

    ; Close the Notepad window using the handle returned by WinWait.

    ; Now a screen will pop up and ask to save the changes, the classname of the window is called
    ; "#32770" and simulating the "TAB" key to move to the second button in which the "ENTER" is simulated to not "save the file"
EndFunc   ;==>Example

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Thanks for the response.

As I'm in the process of following that tutorial, and the code which I used it part of that, could anyone give information as to what's wrong with the piece of code I added, specifically?

Like I said... I'm just learning now but would like to know why this tutorial is being widely used (from search results) yet I can't run it properly.

I appreciate the response code but at this stage of learning, I don't really know what a lot of it means... it also gives IO errors which I'd rather try to fix when I know a bit more about them :P

If the send command is causing problems, anyone know what might fix that?

Thanks again

Edited by ryanam

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The biggest problem with most of the example scripts in tutorials and the forum - in my eyes - is that they do no error checking.

Every function returns success/error by setting the return value, @error and @extended.

Check this values to make sure that your script does what you want it to do.

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This was more a step by step guide with each piece of code explained and tested.

From what I can see, the Send value is just ("Text").

As in send text input to the application.

The second ("!n) Alt+N's the save message.

From the original code, could someone provide some detail of what the value should be if not what it already is?

Thanks again

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it seems like the code is correct. May i ask if you are running this on WIN XP or WIN 7 OS. if WIN 7 then the above code that you provided works without any issue. If its WIN XP that the code will not work. make the below changes and see if it does

WinWaitActive("Notepad", "Do you want to save")  
;WinWaitActive("Notepad", "Save")

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