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I have been successfully automating a WPF program using the UIAWrapper.au3 file.

However some panel elements appear in panels to where they need to be scrolled down to.

Nevertheless, I can still invoke buttons and access fields that are not visible on screen.

The problem comes with the datagrid.  I can locate the grid, dump all the children and locate the specific element by the text in the field.

It will locate it in the panel even if it is not on screen. However, I cannot select it using _UIA_action if it isn't visible. As it is part of a row and not a button, I cannot invoke it.

The parent element has no unique identifiers. 


The parent element has a row element.

Since I can locate the element by text. Is there someway that I can say,  $thisElement.GetParentElement($oParent) or $thisElement.GetFirstAncestor($oParent)

My hope is through this I can get the Row where that element falls.  Then I can select the first grid element and arrow down to that row.




Edited by Kharizmah

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It's alright I found a workaround.

I just iterate through the children by row.

Then for each row look for the text in it's children. This option is slow, but it works. 

I was hoping I could just look all the way straight down for the child and then up to getParent to figure out the row#.


Edited by Kharizmah

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@Kharizmah please take note of where you're posting in the future; the Examples forum you posted in clearly states it is not a General Support forum. I have moved your thread to the appropriate forum.

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Thanks for moving my post.

However, I would like to notify you that I did not clearly post in the Example forum.

I hit the Start New Topic. 

I don't recall what thread I was in but it was another thread having to do with Automation.  

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@Kharizmah, the IUIAutomation post you were in is in the Examples forum, so when you hit Start New Topic, guess where it places it? Not an issue, just something to keep in mind for the future; with your topic in the correct forum you will get more eyes on the problem, and more people to assist :)



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@JLogan3o13 That's cool and totally makes sense.  I'll use the +Create button from now on.  I didn't even pay attention to the forum path. :P

All I know is: Google->Search:AutoIt Automation yourProblem 

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if you have an element it should not be hard to get the parent. Its just a treewalker. Study simplespy.au3 its exactly doing what you want

1. ctrl+w identifies the element

2. get a treewalker

3. pas your known element to the treewalker getparentelement method

spy then iterates thru all parents and grandparents until desktop is found

;~ consolewrite("Element from point is passed, trying to convert to object ")
    $oUIElement = objcreateinterface($UIA_pUIElement,$sIID_IUIAutomationElement, $dtagIUIAutomationElement)

;~ Walk thru the tree with a treewalker
    $oTW=ObjCreateInterface($UIA_pTW, $sIID_IUIAutomationTreeWalker, $dtagIUIAutomationTreeWalker)
    If IsObj($oTW) = 0 Then
        msgbox(1,"UI automation treewalker failed", "UI Automation failed failed",10)

;~  at least 1 assumed (assuming we are not spying the desktop)
    $oParentHandle[$i]=objcreateinterface($oparentHandle[$i],$sIID_IUIAutomationElement, $dtagIUIAutomationElement)
    If IsObj($oParentHandle[$i]) = 0 Then
        msgbox(1,"No parent", "UI Automation failed could be you spy the desktop",10)


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Thanks I will totally look into the script for SimpleSpy.au3, most I try to study the UIWrapper.au3

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