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How to extract tool tip help as text. WindowInfo can't see it.

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Hello all,

This is my first post in this forum.

I have a commercial application that opens a window.

In the window there is a graphical area which is organised like a Tree View, but is in fact just graphics.

The Window Info tool doesn't find any of the text that I can read (as a human) in that window.

If I hover the mouse over some of that text (in this case a part number), then the tool tip help comes up with the same text as I can read (as a human) (ie the part number) in the tool tip box.

I would like to capture (as text) ALL the tool tip help texts which exist for this window because then I can work out what items are being displayed.

I don't want to hover the cursor over each text (even with AutoIT doing the hovering) because I don't know where the texts are in the graphics area.

I assume that the tool tip help is actually stored as text somewhere. I am trying to get to that somewhere.

At the moment, my alternative is to capture the window to a bit map and attempt to OCR the bitmap to discover the part number.

The questions are:

Where do I start to look for that tool tip help text stored as text?

If the Window Info tool can't see it, is it out of reach of AutoIT?


I'm on Win7.

Help file says AutoIT v3.3.8.1

I live in a tightly controlled IT environment so I can't add any other tools from the internet.

I can't get changes made to the commercial application.

Sorry if I've been ambiguous, obviously ask for clarification if that will enable you to help me.

Thanks very much in advance.



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No the application is running locally on my client.

I looked around the web and tried this >(inspired by this post) :

#include <array.au3>
#include <windowsconstants.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>

Local $wl = WinList("[Class:tooltips_class32]")
;_ArrayDisplay( $wl )

for $n = 1 to $wl[0][0]
   local $handle = $wl[$n][1]
   local $title = WinGetText( $handle )
   local $winState = WinGetState( $handle )
   local $sClass = WinGetClassList( $handle )
   ConsoleWrite( $n & "=" & $handle & "=" & $title & "=" & $winState & "=" & $sClass & @CRLF )

This finds 132 items.

None of them has any Title or Text associated with them.

Don't know if they are what I'm after and they are currently empty, or they are not what I'm after and I need to look elsewhere.

Suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance for your help.



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Have you looked at the GUIToolTip UDF?

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