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How to send keystrokes to parent window with ControlSend()

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

Hey guys my question is obvious and heres example about my problem ;

Picture1 Child window of notepad ; aka Edit1

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As you can see there is instance(1) and control class name(Edit)

But on this pic2 ;

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There is no instance and control class name...

 

So i just want to send keystrokes to not child window of notepad(pic1) , i want to send keystrokes to parent window of notepad(pic2)

But parent windows havent got any controlid or controlname etc..

So what should i do ?

Thanks in advance.

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Are you sure it does not give you any of these?

ID - The internal control ID. The Control ID is the internal numeric identifier that windows gives to each control. It is generally the best method of identifying controls. In addition to the AutoIt Window Info Tool, other applications such as screen readers for the blind and Microsoft tools/APIs may allow you to get this Control ID
    TEXT - The text on a control, for example "&Next" on a button
    CLASS - The internal control classname such as "Edit" or "Button"
    CLASSNN - The ClassnameNN value as used in previous versions of AutoIt, such as "Edit1"
    NAME - The internal .NET Framework WinForms name (if available)
    REGEXPCLASS - Control classname using a regular expression
    INSTANCE - The 1-based instance when all given properties match.

As these are the ways you can interact with a control.


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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

As you can see on pic3 , it gives just instance handle but idk how can i use this instance handle for sending keystrokes with controlsend ?

Pic3;

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You went from au3info tool to property inspector (no idea what that is)... 

In au3info tool, make sure you have unfrozen the app, placed your mouse over the control/area you want to get data from, and if it's a control you want to interact with, click on the control tab... this will provide you the data you need for the 3rd parameter of ControlSend().  The 3rd parameter takes the "Control ID", "Class Name + Instance number", or the controls "Handle" itself.

Your tool (property inspector) does not provide the class of the control nor the instance number... it's showing you the windows class itself.


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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

You went from au3info tool to property inspector (no idea what that is)... 

In au3info tool, make sure you have unfrozen the app, placed your mouse over the control/area you want to get data from, and if it's a control you want to interact with, click on the control tab... this will provide you the data you need for the 3rd parameter of ControlSend().  The 3rd parameter takes the "Control ID", "Class Name + Instance number", or the controls "Handle" itself.

Your tool (property inspector) does not provide the class of the control nor the instance number... it's showing you the windows class itself.

I think you didnt read clearly that what i said.. i want to send keystokes to all window of process not only childwindow of its with controlsend..

As you can see on pic4 Notepad has 2 childwindow , one of them aka Edit1 and i want to send keystrokes to allwindows of notepad.

Pic4;

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Instead of controlsend try using

SendKeepActive("[CLASS:Notepad]")

Send("")

SendKeepActive("")

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Instead of controlsend try using

SendKeepActive("[CLASS:Notepad]")

Send("")

SendKeepActive("")

I have to send keystrokes to window even its inactive

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#8 ·  Posted (edited)

ControlSetText is way more reliable:

Run("notepad")
$hWin = WinWaitActive("[CLASS:Notepad]")
$hControl = ControlGetHandle($hWin,"",15)
ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,"NEW TEXT!")
ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,ControlGetText($hWin,"",$hControl) & " MORE TEXT!")

It can work without the window being active as well.

Edited by jdelaney

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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

ControlSetText is way more reliable:

Run("notepad")
$hWin = WinWaitActive("[CLASS:Notepad]")
$hControl = ControlGetHandle($hWin,"",15)
ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,"NEW TEXT!")
ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,ControlGetText($hWin,"",$hControl) & " MORE TEXT!")

It can work without the window being active as well.

Its not what im lookin for .. i need to send keystrokes to all window which process has,

so simply ;  send keystrokes directly main window, not to child windows and even its inactive

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#10 ·  Posted (edited)

Well, that's impossible.

Instead, you can get ALL the windows of the process, and ControlSetText to ALL windows.  Or ONLY those windows you want to...you are in control.

Edited by jdelaney

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#11 ·  Posted (edited)

No its not , there should be one way to do it ,  just send keystrokes to mainwindow without controlid or control info even its inactive .. 

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#12 ·  Posted (edited)

Here...but it's not as reliable as controlsettext

Run("notepad")
$hWin = WinWaitActive("[CLASS:Notepad]")
$hControl = ControlGetHandle($hWin,"",15)
; make your window NOT active
Run("notepad")

; loop until it's not active
While WinActive($hWin)
WEnd

ControlSend($hWin,"",$hControl,"NEW TEXT!")
ControlSend($hWin,"",$hControl," MORE TEXT!")

;~ ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,"NEW TEXT!")
;~ ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,ControlGetText($hWin,"",$hControl) & " MORE TEXT!")

If this isn't what you are looking for, then I'm suspect of your motives.

Also, I have verified it's impossible to send to a focused control on an inactive window...workaround, use controlsettext.

Proof of this assertion:

Run("notepad")
$hWin = WinWaitActive("[CLASS:Notepad]")
$hControl = ControlGetHandle($hWin,"",15)
ControlFocus($hWin,"",$hControl)
; make your window NOT active
Run("notepad")

; loop until it's not active
While WinActive($hWin)
WEnd

ControlSend($hWin,"","","NEW TEXT!")
ControlSend($hWin,"",""," MORE TEXT!")

;~ ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,"NEW TEXT!")
;~ ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,ControlGetText($hWin,"",$hControl) & " MORE TEXT!")

data is not populated.

Edited by jdelaney

IEbyXPATH-Grab IE DOM objects by XPATH IEscriptRecord-Makings of an IE script recorder ExcelFromXML-Create Excel docs without excel installed GetAllWindowControls-Output all control data on a given window.

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Here...but it's not as reliable as controlsettext

Run("notepad")
$hWin = WinWaitActive("[CLASS:Notepad]")
$hControl = ControlGetHandle($hWin,"",15)
; make your window NOT active
Run("notepad")

; loop until it's not active
While WinActive($hWin)
WEnd

ControlSend($hWin,"",$hControl,"NEW TEXT!")
ControlSend($hWin,"",$hControl," MORE TEXT!")

;~ ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,"NEW TEXT!")
;~ ControlSetText($hWin,"",$hControl,ControlGetText($hWin,"",$hControl) & " MORE TEXT!")

If this isn't what you are looking for, then I'm suspect of your motives.

Its not too , because you are sendin keystrokes to Edit window(child window) of Notepad with controlid(15) , but i want to send keystrokes to main window of notepad 

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#14 ·  Posted (edited)

Why.  What are you attempting to do, open a menu item?  Explain yourself...there is nothing else on that application that can accept sends.

Use:

WinMenuSelectItem
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Im showing my problem on notepad , and thats my problem if you know how to solve it , tell me solution , but you dont know please dont talk about other things..

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Im showing my problem on notepad , and thats my problem if you know how to solve it , tell me solution , but you dont know please dont talk about other things..

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#17 ·  Posted (edited)

And I'm telling you that notepad can't reproduce what your issue is.  I've provided you workarounds...make it happen on your actual app.

Also, your initial question makes no sense...of course you can't view the control details while focused on the spy tools WINDOW tab...move over to the control tab, and done.

Separate applications may react differently, but notepad.exe will NOT populate the edit while sending to the window, when the window is inactive.

Edited by jdelaney

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#18 ·  Posted (edited)

Here its ; and i want to send keystrokes to this window with no controlid or control info

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#19 ·  Posted (edited)

I've already shown you how to interact with notepad, and defined and have proven the limitations of an inactive window...what is the actual application you want to send to.

Edited by jdelaney

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Just use ControlSend with a blank control id parameter.


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