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New to AutoIT and hopeful but frustrated. I have a program, which unfortunately I cannot share, which seems "immune" to the basic AutoIt methods to interact.  Starting with the basic scripts for notepad interaction & starting with a simple Menu File , Open ;  I've tried send, sendcontrol, mouseclick -- all report "success", with no errors but the window doesn't react as it should (as in menu doesn't open, open file dialog doesn't start, window doesn't hide, window doesn't close).   Using AutoITinfo I have been able to view various elements of the program including getting the windows "Class" for the program so the data is available to autoit (?),  still no luck. . .   Below is a long bit of code (many lines commented out to record failed attempts) with lots of debugging console writes for output to SciTE-Light console area. . .   Note I had some issues with directly trying "run" the application but I worked around with a BAT file & start. . .    Running under W10 both on personal laptop and W10 VMWare Client, same results. . . 


#include <Constants.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>

; AutoIt Version: 3.0
; Language:       English
; Platform:       Win9x/NT
; Author:         leveraged from examples by Jonathan Bennett (jon at autoitscript dot com) & others
;                 Frankensteined by <<ME>>

; Script Function:
;   Opens Avultimate tool and attempts to interact with it.
; Having problem which are like
; https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/137684-cannot-get-window-to-close/, except no silent mode, window is clearly visible.
; https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/192688-nvidia-inspector-automation/#comment-1382617 -- Put pauses in between sends, clicks etc.
; https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/180521-shellexecute-and-winwaitactive/#comment-1295977 ; possibly another window stealing focus?

;GetNSetProgramPath() ;attempt to get path to program to "run", went with .BAT file as per below.
;Run ("Avultimate"); should work with path set but doesn't ? tried other methods.
;run("C:\Program Files\HEWLETT-PACKARD\AvUltimate\AvUltimate.exe") ; fails
;run("C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Avultimate") ; .lnk file fails.
run("C:\Users\******\Documents\avultimate.bat") ; has 1 line: start "" "C:\Program Files\HEWLETT-PACKARD\AvUltimate\AvUltimate.exe"

; wait for the Avultimate window to become active.
local $hWnd = 0
$hWnd = WinWaitActive("Active Health System Viewer","",10) ;return a Window handle. . .
;$hWnd = WinWaitActive("[Class:WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1","",5) ; attempt to use class from App but that fails(?) didn't pursue further . .
if $hWnd = 0 Then
   Consolewrite ("WinWaitActive Failed: "&@error&@CRLF)
   Consolewrite ("WinWaitActive returned hWnd="&$hWnd&@CRLF)

local $status = 0

; by default this program opens maximized, as the only visible window.
; Attempt to set the state of the application -- These DO NOT work yet. .
    $status = WinSetState($hWnd, "", @SW_HIDE)
    Consolewrite ("WinSetState  Hide: "&$status&" "& @error&@CRLF)
    ; Wait for 2 seconds.

    ; Set the state of the Notepad window to "show".
    $status = WinSetState($hWnd, "", @SW_SHOW)
    Consolewrite ("WinSetState Show: "&$status&" "& @error&@CRLF)
    ; Wait for 2 seconds.

; Now try to open a file by pressing Alt-F and then scrolling down (s) to the Open menu
; I can, in a live window, type Alt-F and get the file menu to open. . .

; currently all of these fail. . .
$status = Send("!f")
Consolewrite ("Send: "&$status&" "& @error&@CRLF)
$status = Send("{DOWN}{ENTER}")

; found post mentioning Case sensitivity sometimes.
$status = Send("!F")
Consolewrite ("Send2: "&$status&" "&@error&@CRLF)
Send("{DOWN }{ENTER}")

;found post saying "Send" may not work so try, ControlSend() Class obtained through autoitinfo
$status = ControlSend($hWnd,"","[Class:WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1]", "!f")
Consolewrite ("ControlSend1 "&$status& " " & @error&@CRLF)
$status = ControlSend($hWnd,"","[Class:WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1]", "[DOWN ] [ENTER]")
Consolewrite ("ControlSend2: "&$status&" "&@error&@CRLF)

;try uppercase Alt-F
ControlSend($hWnd,"","[Class:WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1]", "!F")
ControlSend($hWnd,"","[Class:WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1]", "[DOWN ] [ENTER]")

;how about we simply try to click the mouse in current active window ?
$status = 0
$status = MouseClick($MOUSE_CLICK_LEFT, 22, 37, 1 , 0) ; location, on full screen, of File Menu
ConsoleWrite("MouseClick Status = "&$status &" " & @error&@CRLF)
$status = MouseClick($MOUSE_CLICK_LEFT, 55, 57, 1 , 0)  ; location, on full screen, of Open item in file menu
ConsoleWrite("MouseClick Status = "&$status &" " & @error&@CRLF)

;debugging, remind me, what is the windows handle we got from winwaitactive ?
ConsoleWrite("Confirm Handle from WinWaitActive: "& $hWnd & @CRLF)

; Just to be sure, Let's look at at ALL the available handles. . .

$hWnd = 0
; Checking, is avultimate still the "Active Window"?
$hWnd = WinActive("Active Health System Viewer","") ;return a Window handle. . .
if $hWnd = 0 Then
   Consolewrite ("WinActive Failed: "&@error&@CRLF)
   Consolewrite ("WinActive, handle of Active Window= "&$hWnd&@CRLF)

; Attempt to close the Active Window
local $status = WinClose($hWnd)
ConsoleWrite ("WinClose Status= "&$status&@CRLF)

; because none of my attempts to interact with the application works this message helps me know the script is "Complete"
MsgBox ($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "Script is done"& @CRLF & "WinClose status:" & $status)
; Finished!

; FUNCTIONS start here . . .
Func GetNSetProgramPath()
    ; Retrieve the value of the environment variable %PATH%.
    ; When you assign or retrieve an envorinment variable you do so minus the percentage signs (%).
    Local $sEnvVar = EnvGet("PATH")

    ; Display the value of the environment variable %PATH%.
    MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "The environment variable %PATH% has the value of: " & @CRLF & @CRLF & $sEnvVar) ;

    $sEnvVar = $sEnvVar & "C:\Program Files\HEWLETT-PACKARD\AvUltimate"
    MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "The environment variable %PATH% has the value of: " & @CRLF & @CRLF & $sEnvVar)
    EnvSet("PATH", $sEnvVar)

EndFunc   ;==>Example

Func WinHandleList()
    ; Retrieve a list of window handles.
    Local $aList = WinList()

    ; Loop through the array displaying only visable windows with a title.
    For $i = 1 To $aList[0][0]
        If $aList[$i][0] <> "" And BitAND(WinGetState($aList[$i][1]), 2) Then
           ; MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "Title: " & $aList[$i][0] & @CRLF & "Handle: " & $aList[$i][1])
           ; switch to console write to avoid MsgBoxes pop-up
           ConsoleWrite("Title: " & $aList[$i][0] & " Handle: " & $aList[$i][1] & @CRLF )
 EndFunc   ;==>Example

---- END OF SCRIPT -- 

SciTE-Lite “Go” output is below; WinWaitActive and WinActive returns seem to confirm that the application window is ACTIVE and remains active throughout the script.  I report on status & @error  for most of the function calls.   so the "1 0" says status = 1, @error = 0 for a particular call, which I think is supposed to mean ALL OK. . . 

>"C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoIt3\SciTE\..\autoit3.exe" /ErrorStdOut "C:\Users\******\*****\AHSTest.au3"    
WinWaitActive returned hWnd=0x00240650
WinSetState  Hide: 1 0
WinSetState Show: 1 0
Send: 1 0
Send2: 1 0
ControlSend1 1 0
ControlSend2: 1 0
MouseClick Status = 1 0
MouseClick Status = 1 0
Confirm Handle from WinWaitActive: 0x00240650
Title: Active Health System Viewer (174 day(s) remaining) HPE Confidential - Internal and Approved Partner Usage ONLY Handle: 0x00240650
Title: C:\Users\*****\*****\AHSTest.au3 - SciTE-Lite [2 of 3] Handle: 0x000406F4
Title: March 2018 trimmed.xlsx - Excel Handle: 0x00120644
Title: PERSONAL.XLSB - Excel Handle: 0x00210A88
Title: AutoIt Help (v3.3.14.3) Handle: 0x005A0CAA
. . . . . other cruft . . . 
Title: Desktop Handle: 0x0009051A
Title: Program Manager Handle: 0x00010112
WinActive, handle of Active Window= 0x00240650
WinClose Status= 1
>Exit code: 0    Time: 22.8


Note also when I attempt the final "WinClose" it reports success but the window stays open. . . 

Edited by JLogan3o13
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OK so I read all ~20 posts containing "WindowsForms" --   Many are just posts saying "read more about WindowsForms" but a few nuggets are out there.   I've pointed out a the most helpfulful below. 

Still I was unable to get anything to work. . .   Most annoyingly all functions return "good" status -- while not doing anything for the following items, using send, controlsend, controlclick and even direct call to a .

(name) instance (handle)  control

 WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1 139 0x000C0E6A  "File Menu"
 WindowsForms10.SysTabControl32.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1 1 0x00181DF2   "Dashboard Tab" 
 WindowsForms10.BUTTON.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1 1 0x000F1310 *** Button I want to Push


This included using the old WndID to confirm AutoITinfo output. 

I also found the helpful script NET_DumpAllControlNames to confirm I had the correct handles. 

One difference I found was that the handle I was interested was found as item 139 in this code but AutoITinfo reported instance 142. . .   Still the handle in Hex was the same. 

Found this article to use  a DLL call _sendclick -- no luck. . .


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Try this one, might work.


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OK -- made some progress (this isn't my day job), here's a checkpoint: 

I found the UIA stuff referenced by BrewManNH.
Tried SimpleSpy.   It worked on most stuff but would crash (AutoIT v3 Script has stopped working) when I tried it on my special case program. 

Using SCiTE I could see 

Exit code: 3221225477  -- Forum search not super helpful but tried. 

#AutoIt3Wrapper_UseX64=Y & N -- no joy 
const $cUIA_MAXDEPTH=1000 -- no joy
strategic consolewrite found it was blowing up here:

Back to checking the forum.. . .  not much but found mention of running simplespy as admin? 

"simplespy.exe" right click "run as admin" 

IT WORKS -- at least it doesn't crash.   Now to see if the the code it suggests works. . . . 

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JohnOne -- AFAIK the application isn't running as admin but not an expert.   Just know that running SimpleSpy.exe or ScIT.exe ("GO" simplespy.au3) as admin allows me to capture attributes.  HOWEVER  the code that is generated still doesn't work.   Here's my main code from SimpleSpy, capture which, BTW confirms most, if not all the variable settings I've used previously. . .

ConsoleWrite("Setting Vars for Clipboard button" & @CRLF)
; the window title can change as license counts down AND as different files are opened
; so need to use a more basic, shorter name than one captured by simplespy
; Note the behavior (lack of functions working) is same IF I use the long name on the right day/time/file but harder to update every test. . . 
; _UIA_setVar("oP1","Title:=Active Health System Viewer (153 day(s) remaining) HPE Confidential - Internal and Approved Partner Usage ONLY;controltype:=UIA_WindowControlTypeId;class:=WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1")    ;Active Health System Viewer (155 day(s) remaining) HPE Confidential - Internal and Approved Partner Usage ONLY
_UIA_setVar("oP1","Title:=Active Health System Viewer;controltype:=UIA_WindowControlTypeId;class:=WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1")    ;Active Health System Viewer (155 day(s) remaining) HPE Confidential - Internal and Approved Partner Usage ONLY
_UIA_setVar("oP2","Title:=;controltype:=UIA_PaneControlTypeId;class:=WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1")    ;
_UIA_setVar("oP3","Title:=;controltype:=UIA_TabControlTypeId;class:=WindowsForms10.SysTabControl32.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1")    ;
_UIA_setVar("oP4","Title:=Dashboard;controltype:=UIA_PaneControlTypeId;class:=WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1")    ;Dashboard
_UIA_setVar("oP5","Title:=;controltype:=UIA_PaneControlTypeId;class:=WindowsForms10.Window.8.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1")    ;

_UIA_setVar("CopyCaseNoteSummarytoClipboard.mainwindow","title:=Copy Case Note Summary to Clipboard;classname:=WindowsForms10.BUTTON.app.0.141b42a_r9_ad1")

;~ Actions split away from logical/technical definition above can come from configfiles
ConsoleWrite("Starting Actions" & @CRLF)


_UIA_action("CopyCaseNoteSummarytoClipboard.mainwindow","Click") ;put a CLICK here to attempt to press button.
****** end of code snip. 

Unsure why SimpleSply switches between _UIA_A and _UIA_a (upper & lower case) -- assuming that is OK? 

Running from SciTE, the console will show: 

Setting Vars for Clipboard button
Starting Actions
  deep find in subtree oP1;Desktop
  deep find in subtree oP2;Desktop
  deep find in subtree oP3;Desktop
  deep find in subtree oP4;Desktop
  deep find in subtree oP5;Desktop

Unsure if "Desktop" is correct or not (?), what is normal for _UIA_Action to output? 

In the mean time the screen is as shown in the new attachment.   The first snip shows that, my funny app comes up full screen and,  as the script runs, a RED box highlights on top of it but doesn't correlate to any elements in this application.  The second snip shows that teducing the app will reveal that the "box"/"frame" being highlighted was actually the MAIN SciTE edit window. . . 

So STUCK again -- not only is it not highlighting my app it seems all the Action is going to the SciTE window (? ? ? ) 


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