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Hello!  I've been fervorously attempting to fix an issue I've been having with my latest Autoit script.....

I've been using AutoIt now for the past few years, and feel that I've got a (loose) grip on how it runs.  I understand the mechanics behind what I'm trying to code, but no matter what I try, I can't get this simple script to function!  I'm trying to generate a "Hotkeyset" function, so that when I press "=" it resumes my script, "-" to pause, and "x" to stop completely.  Pretty damn simple.  When I run my script normally, it works just fine, allowing me to hit "=" to start my script, "-" to pause etc.  HOWEVER, since I'm trying to automate a standalone file w/ just a few keypresses (making my day to day life MUCH easier), whenever I open up the .exe and start my Hotkeyset, it won't run!  Only until I click away from the file, THEN start it up, will it work.  Unfortunately, since it needs to repeatedly pause and start, a dilemma ensues. 

Here's a simplified version of my current layout.

Global $Paused

HotKeySet("-", "Pause") 
HotKeySet("x", "Stop")

$go = True
$Leave = False

While $go
   if($Leave) Then
Func Pause()
   $Leave = False

Func Stop() ;to allow the script to stop
Func Leave()
    $Leave = True

Like I said, it works when I click onto a different file, or folder, but ceases to work when I re-enter the file.  


If I take this exact script, open a new notepad file, and hit "=" to start my code, my keyboard simulates the "d" keypress every 1 second.  HOWEVER, if I swap over to my troublesome file, then my script stops communicating COMPLETELY.   To test this, I swapped back and forth between notepad, and my file, and no "d" keys were entered on the notepad, even though more than one second had passed collectively.

I "could" do without this script, but it would save me many a pain and agony down the line(isn't that what AutoIt is for?).  Many thanks in advance!

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Welcome to the AutoIt forum. :)

You speak of "automating a standalone file" - what app are you trying to automate? It may well be that it uses its own keyhandler and eats your keypresses - or it is resistant to automation in some way. If we knew the app we might even be able to suggest another way to do what you want - as I am sure sending multiple "d" keystrokes is not the limit of your ambition. ;)


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