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Automating pulldown menus & AutoIt v3 Window Info

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AutoIt v3 Window Info seems unable to provide (handle or otherwise) information about pulldown menus. Should pulldown menus always be automated using keyboard shortcuts? What if a menu option has no keyboard shortcut? Also, it seems AU3Recorder doesn't provide any code when I try to use it either for pulldown menus or anything else, really. ;)

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In my experience, some controls just don't provide access so you can read them with the Window Info Tool or allow interaction.

I suspect it has to do with the type of control, and what program was used to create it, and maybe the programmer?

Sometimes, you can just send text matching a menu item name, but more usually it revolves around the dicey use of ALT, TAB etc.

A couple of my favorite programs give me issues like that, with some of their elements - foobar2000 & TagScanner.

This issue, is the main reason I've never made my Foobar Ipod Assistant program available for download ... too inherently dangerous for those not as careful or clued in as me.

No doubt someone here, knows more about it than me. I'm not conversant enough with other programming languages and that technical side of things.

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It seems like gathering information on pulldown menu objects doesn't work on any program. Not even Notepad ... And there are a few selections in the Notepad pulldown menu which cannot be made using keyboard shortcuts.

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It should be possible to get the menu handle in this way:


#include <GuiMenu.au3>
#include <SendMessage.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>


Func Example()
  ConsoleWrite( "5 seconds to open a menu ..." & @CRLF )
  Sleep( 5000 ) ; 5 seconds to open a menu
  Local $hMenu = GetMenuHandle()
  If Not $hMenu Then Return
  Local $iCount = _GUICtrlMenu_GetItemCount( $hMenu ), $sText
  For $i = 0 To $iCount - 1
    $sText = _GUICtrlMenu_GetItemText( $hMenu, $i )
    If $sText <> "" Then ConsoleWrite( $sText & @CRLF )

Func GetMenuHandle()
  Local $hDesktop = _WinAPI_GetDesktopWindow(), $i = 0
  Local $hChild = _WinAPI_GetWindow( $hDesktop, $GW_CHILD )
  While $hChild And $i < 3
    If _WinAPI_GetClassName( $hChild ) = "#32768" Then ExitLoop
    $hChild = _WinAPI_GetWindow( $hChild, $GW_HWNDNEXT )
    $i += 1
  If $i = 3 Then Return 0
  Local $hMenu = _SendMessage( $hChild, $MN_GETHMENU )
  If $hMenu > 0 Then Return $hMenu
  Return 0

The example prints menu item texts to Scite console.

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This may be useful, too:

MSDN - "Inspect"


Inspect (Inspect.exe) is a Windows-based tool that enables you select any UI element and view the element's accessibility data. You can view Microsoft UI Automation properties and control patterns, as well as Microsoft Active Accessibility properties. Inspect also enables you to test the navigational structure of the automation elements in the UI Automation tree, and the accessible objects in the Microsoft Active Accessibility hierarchy.

Inspect is installed with the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8. (It is also available in previous versions of Windows SDK.) It is located in the bin<platform> folder of the SDK installation path (Inspect.exe).

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not sure what you mean by notepad is an MSAA provider (although it is) but menuitems in notepad are just reachable by their hwnd and normal AutoIT commands you do not neccesarily have to use IUIAutomation for notepad it just as good can be handled with AutoIT native functions

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