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How to check for a program tooltip in tray

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I need to check if a program is running. The unfortunate thing is that it is a AutoHotkey script which doesn't have a GUI until clicked, and nobody does that for this program. I cannot even check the processes because it only says AutoHotkey.exe, if the user had multiple AHK scripts running I wouldn't be able to differentiate them. So the only thing I can think of is somehow check for icon tooltips in tray.

I've found this thread:

@Melba23's code works great but for some reason it is only able to find tooltips for programs that are in the "main panel tray" (not sure the name in english) and are visible. If the program is "consolidated" within the little arrow, the script doesn't find the tooltip.


Any ideas?

Edited by Seminko

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One thing you could try, but since I don't use AH I wouldn't know if it works, would be to try to determine the command line used to launch the AH processes.  One way you could do it would be do parse the output of a command like:

WMIC path win32_process where name='autohotkey.exe' get Caption,Processid,Commandline


WMIC process where name='autohotkey.exe' get Caption,Processid,Commandline

Or you could do the same thing using code like: (but changing svchost.exe to autohotkey.exe or whatever the process name is)

#include <Constants.au3>


Func example()
    Local $oWmi, $oItems
    $oWmi      = ObjGet("winmgmts:\\.\root\CIMV2")
    If Not IsObj($oWmi) Then Exit MsgBox($MB_ICONERROR, "ERROR", "Unable to create WMI object")

    $oItems = $oWmi.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_Process WHERE name='svchost.exe'")
    If $oItems.Count = 0 Then Exit MsgBox($MB_ICONWARNING,"Warning","No objects found")

    For $oItem in $oItems
        With $oItem
            ConsoleWrite(StringFormat("Command Line = (%s) %s", .processid, .commandline) & @CRLF)


Edited by TheXman

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Figured it out. Used bits and pieces from this:


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