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This is a Windows limitation/feature on edit controls and nothing to do with AutoIt. I show how to get around it here. :)


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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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This is a Windows limitation/feature on edit controls and nothing to do with AutoIt. I show how to get around it here. :)


I'm sorry, where? I was googleing this exact issue before asking the exact same question, but your "here" doesn't link anywhere anymore...

For all those wondering, I think I found where he showed it here:



That is a Windows problem/feature - nothing to do with AutoIt. ;)

I solve it like this:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <GUIEdit.au3>
#include <WinAPI.au3>

Global $hInput_Handle

$hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 500, 500)

$cInput = GUICtrlCreateEdit("here is some text", 10, 10, 480, 480)
$hInput_Handle = GUICtrlGetHandle(-1)

; Create dummy for accelerator key to activate
$cSelAll = GUICtrlCreateDummy()


; Set accelerator for Ctrl+a
Dim $aAccelKeys[1][2]=[["^a", $cSelAll]]

While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        Case $cSelAll

Func _SelAll()
    Switch _WinAPI_GetFocus()
        Case $hInput_Handle
            _GUICtrlEdit_SetSel($hInput_Handle, 0, -1)
EndFunc   ;==>_SelAll

Please ask if you have any questions. :)


TL:DR make a dummy ctrl to use as a kind of "button", when that dummy is clicked set the selection of the edit, and then use GUISetAccelerators to make a hot key for that dummy.

I also must say I'm not liking the last forum update. there are a LOT of dead and missing links now...

Edited by corgano


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