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Gyba

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Gyba

Hi everyone,

I am new to AutoIt so my question might sound stupid. I try to create a simple script that will open a program (let's say Notepad) and then write a simple sentence in it. I use the below code:

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Run("Notepad.exe")
WinActivate("Untitled - Notepad")
ControlSend("Untitled - Notepad", "", "[CLASS:Edit; INSTANCE:1]", "simple sentence", 0)

The Notepad window opens but the "simple sentence" text is not written inside.

If I have the Notepad already open, the ControlSend function works perfectly. See example below:

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WinActivate("Untitled - Notepad")
ControlSend("Untitled - Notepad", "", "[CLASS:Edit; INSTANCE:1]", "simple sentence", 0)

I had a look in the ControlSend help, on this forum, on Google, but still, no explanation why when used after Run function ControlSend doesn't work. 

Any ideas on why this happens and how to fix it?

Thank you!

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BrewManNH

Try this, you probably need to wait for Notepad to open before trying to activate and write to it.

Run("Notepad.exe")
Sleep(1000) ; <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
WinActivate("Untitled - Notepad")
ControlSend("Untitled - Notepad", "", "[CLASS:Edit; INSTANCE:1]", "simple sentence", 0)

 


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Earthshine
Run("Notepad.exe")
WinWait("Untitled - Notepad")
ControlSend("Untitled - Notepad", "", "[CLASS:Edit; INSTANCE:1]", "simple sentence", 0)

Use WinWait to wait for notepad to be ready for command

Edited by Earthshine

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jdelaney

Throw in a winwait before winactivate.  You can also add in a winwaitactive after winactivate.


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Earthshine

i tested my code, works. if i post stuff here, probability is close to 1 that I tested it

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jdelaney

If you want to be real anal,you should wait for the window to be present, visible, and enabled.   Same with the control, with an added focus.   if you do that, your script's success rate will increase dramatically.  Especially as it becomes more complex.

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Earthshine

I know, I wrote a function that waits for controls... LOL logs it all too so you can see what it is looking for. and I never use static sleep values unless there is no other option. dynamic waiting is what automated testing is all about.

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Gyba

Wow, thank you for your quick reply. It seems like the solution is 

WinWait("Untitled - Notepad")

function.

Thank you so much.

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