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I wish to create a GUI that shows a countdown but stays in the background as infobox while other tasks continue. So far I have with use of other snippets from the forum created a countdown but the GUI seems block the script from continuing. How can I 'deactivate' the GUI but keep the countdown running? The GUI box should close at the end of the main script (or after countdown end).


Thanks for help,



#include <GUIConstants.au3>
#include <Date.au3>

$sNewDate = _DateAdd('n', 1, _NowCalc())

$ms = 61000 ;(1 min)
$timer = TimerInit()
$labeltext1 = "This run will be finished in"

$labeltext2 = "minutes at: " & _DateTimeFormat($sNewDate, 3)


$GUI = GUICreate("Next start", 170, 170, 150,150, $WS_DLGFRAME, $WS_EX_TOPMOST)
$Install = GUICtrlCreateButton ("Ok", 50, 95, 50, 50, $BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON)
$Label1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel($labeltext1, 10, 10, 330, 200)
$Label2 = GUICtrlCreateLabel($labeltext2, 25, 80, 330, 200)
$Input = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 50, 40, 35, 20, BitOR($SS_CENTER, $ES_READONLY))
$aWin = WinGetPos($GUI)


While (TimerDiff($timer) < $ms) and (GUIGetMsg() <> $Install)

    $seconds = TimerDiff($timer) / 1000
    $diff = $seconds - ($ms / 1000)
    $minutes = Int($diff / 60)
    $secondsRem = $diff - ($minutes * 60)
    $minutes = $minutes * -1
    $secondsRem = $secondsRem * -1
    $time = StringFormat("%02d", $minutes) & ":" & StringFormat("%02d", $secondsRem)
    GUICtrlSetData($Input, $time)

; just for test purpose
WinActivate("AutoIt Help (v3.3.14.2)")
WinWaitActive("AutoIt Help (v3.3.14.2)")
WinClose("AutoIt Help (v3.3.14.2)")

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Hi @mati:)

What are you trying to do?

And please, use the Code tag to make a good reading of your post, thanks :)


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Hi FrancescoDiMuro,


Sorry for the code thing - rookie mistake.

What I try to do:

I have two processes I control with AutoIt. Process 1 is variable in time, directly followed by process 2  which is consistent in duration.

After starting the script, I never know, when the entire script will be finished. So I thought, it would be helpful to implement a function between the two processes, which starts a countdown (or shows an expected finishing time). However, if I use a msgbox or GUI, I have to destroy the box to continue the script (process 2). Is there a possibility to 'inactivate' a GUI window (message box) so that the scrip can continue but the countdown/expected finishing time is still displayed on the screen?


Thanks a lot for help,


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