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Hi all,

I have been using autoit this week and I have been scoping your forum. I have found many useful tips and learnt a lot.

However I am now at the point where I understand what I need to use or do but I can't achieve it. Time is critical but I'm not going to give up just because I've made this post so I will update if I find anything.

Straight to the point. I generate a notepad file which holds a randomly generated password. The text file is then saved and the naming convention is the machine name and the date.

However all I want to simply do is open that file after being generated so I can input some more data into it. Such a simple ask, apologies if this annoys anyone if it helps it's annoying me.


run("notepad.exe C:\Users\Admin060\Desktop\"$PCName &" "-" "& $newname ".txt")
WinWaitActive("Untitled - Notepad","",1)

Many thanks

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@SlackerAl is right, FileOpen will return a handle to you and you can use it to edit the file etc.  You never explained what was not working - but if you can't open that file it is likely your path or filename.   Here is a small tester to show the FileOpen concept and then using notepad to open and view its contents:

$testfile = FileOpen(@ScriptDir&"\testfile.txt",2)
FileWriteLine($testfile,"this is a test file")
run("notepad.exe"&" " &@ScriptDir&"\testfile.txt")

Again, you don't need notepad at all - just closing the loop in case that was part of your issue.  You could simply read the file with code using the file functions.   

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Here is another example:

Local $sFileName = @DesktopDir & "\" & @ComputerName & "-" & @MDAY & @MON & @YEAR & ".txt"
Local $hFileName = FileOpen($sFileName, 2)
FileWrite($hFileName, _Random_Password(8) & @CRLF)

;~ Function by GaryFrost, Valik
Func _Random_Password($iMaxLength)
   Local $sPassword = '', $sLetter, $I
   For $i = 1 To $iMaxLength
      $sLetter = Random(33, 126)
      $sPassword = $sPassword & Chr($sLetter)
   Return $sPassword
EndFunc   ;==>Random_Password


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Update: I grabbed Subz's first line but edited it to suit me and that fixed the problem. So much neater that way too, obviously.

I've managed to read about calling and I've been looking at mouse clicks too. However I don't really want to use the mouse and the password script I am using makes it a little bit more complicated to automatically click okay.

$Len =  InputBox("Password Generator - Ackerz",$msgPrompt,"9")
            $len =  StringStripWS($len,$STR_STRIPALL)

                           ;Check that user has entered a vaild password length
                           if not StringIsDigit($len) or $len = 0 Then
                              MsgBox(48,"Error","Invaild Integer was entered" & @CRLF & "Program will now exit.")

                           ;This creates the random password.
                           for $i = 1 to $Len
                              ;Pick a random char between 1 and the pwsMask Length
                              $n = int(random(1,StringLen($pwsMask)))
                              ;Concat each char that has been picked out of pwsMask to $buff
                              $buff = $Buff & StringMid($pwsmask,$n,1)

So as we can see here, great I can get a msg box appearing asking for value to be inserted. I am then presented with a gui with two buttons. "Ok" and "cancel". I want to automate the press of the "Ok" button. I do NOT wish to be pressing enter. I just can't work out where I would fit this into the current presented code.

I'm enjoying this and I'm learning but when help is needed I find it best to just ask. This is also for work purposes, so it's bonuses all round really. Hope I have explained this well enough.

Thank you

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Please post a fully working example of what it is you're working with. Where does the GUI with the ok and cancel buttons come from? Is this from your code, or some other program? What is the _Submit function for?

You're not giving us anything to work with.

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Look at help for ControlClick, be sure to also read the help on Controls. You can find out information on a window and a specific control using the program Au3Info_x64.exe which is included as part of the AutoIt installation.

And as BrewManNH said, if you want specific help, post some code... ideally the simplest replicator of your problem that you can make (yes, even if that involves writing your only simplified version). And whilst I'm being grumpy... new problem, new topic :-)

Edited by SlackerAl

Problem solving step 1: Write a simple, self-contained, running, replicator of your problem.

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