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How to Select an IE Tab and to Get the Selected IE Tab?

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In this script below, I'm trying to:

  1. Create an Internet Explorer, and to navigate it to a blank page.
  2. Create a new tab with a blank page.
  3. Create another tab again. (Please don't ask me why 'cause it's just a test.)
  4. Get all the 3 object variables pointing to those 3 InternetExplorer Objects.
  5. And to test to select the tab two, then to select the tab one which is fail!
#include <IE.au3>

$oIE = _IECreate("about:blank", 0, 1, 1, 1)

__IENavigate($oIE, "about:blank", 0, 0x800)

__IENavigate($oIE, "about:blank", 0, 0x800)

Local $oTabs[1]

Local $i = 1
While 1
   $oTabs[$i - 1] = _IEAttach($oIE, "instance", $i)
   If @Error = $_IEStatus_NoMatch Then
      ReDim $oTabs[$i - 1]
      ReDim $oTabs[$i + 1]
      $i += 1


_IEAction($oTabs[1], "focus")


_IEAction($oTabs[0], "focus")

Could you please tell me how to fix that AU3 code to select and not to WinActivate() the tab because as far as I know, activating tab will make this tab at the front of the your Windows screen which I do not want because I want to automate the IE even I'm working on a different application.

Now, this is my second question! How can I get the current selected tab on a web browser, specially in Internet Explorer, even I'm in another application to read that tab's text using the _IEBodyReadText() libfunction? Thanks for any help!

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This is how I get the IE object for the currently active tab:

; Function Name:    _IEGetActiveTab()
; Description:      Retrieve the IE Window Object of the currently active tab
; Parameter(s):     None
; Requirement(s):   AutoIt3 V3.2 or higher
;                   On Success  - Returns an object variable pointing to the IE Window Object
;                   On Failure  - Returns 0 and sets @ERROR
;                   @ERROR      - 0 ($_IEStatus_Success) = No Error
;                               - 7 ($_IEStatus_NoMatch) = No Match
; Author(s):        Dan Pollak
Func _IEGetActiveTab()
Local $hwnd, $i, $title, $oIE
    ; get first IE instance
    $oIE = _IEAttach ("", "instance", 1)

    If @error = $_IEStatus_Success Then
        ; get window title
        $hwnd = _IEPropertyGet($oIE, "hwnd")
        $title = WinGetTitle($hwnd)

        $oIE = _IEAttach($title, "windowtitle")

    Return $oIE
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On your initial question, I believe the issue is that "focus" is meant to be used with an element, not the actual IE object.

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