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Im new to AutoIT.

I know it should be simple but i cant get it to work , can someone please write the complete scripts ?


1.trying to make a window return to be on top of other windows.

this should be looped every 2 seconds as long as the window is open.


2.trying to make a window (notepad for example) return to be on top of other windows,

be in focus for receiving key strikes to a text box.

this should be looped every 2 seconds as long as the window is open.


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Welcome to the AutoIt forums. :)

We do not write code to order here - we help you get your code working. Think of the old saying: "Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; give a man a net and you feed him forever". We try to be net makers and repairers, not fishmongers.

So I suggest you take a look at AutoIt's excellent Help file (at least the first few sections - Using AutoIt, Tutorials and the first couple of References) as this will help you enormously. You should also look at this excellent tutorial - you will find other tutorials in the Wiki (the link is at the top of the page). There are even video tutorials on YouTube if you prefer watching to reading. :)

As JohnOne has suggested, I would start with WinSetOnTop, WinExists, Send & Sleep - that should get you most of what you want. Just post your code (see here how to do it) even if it does not work and we will help you lick it into shape. ;)


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Gentle men, I'm really impressed with your interactive with new people around here.


Thank you from the heart.

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so i took the tutorials and managed to make actual progress - thanks for your guidance !

it only needed 3 commands, but it works great. 

i used a while loop that is always true, WinActivate, Sleep

this is my first code: 

While 1
   WinActivate("[CLASS:Notepad]", "")
any ideas on how to replace the Sleep command and use a more elegant command on order to keep the window in focus ?

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This code will replace 'sleep()' so that your script does not lockup or halt during the sleep() command.

You can process other information, instead of idling (sleeping) with this code.


$timer_len= 2*60*1000;set the timer for two min
$timer= timerinit();start the timer
While 1
    if timerdiff($timer)>= $timer_len then;check the timer
        $timer= timerinit();reset timer
        WinActivate("[CLASS:Notepad]", "");do that thing

I'm not sure about the elegant focus.

You could use a handle to only activate a specific notepad window. Is that what you want?

Edited by Xandy
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