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Hello Experts,

I'm new to the forum and I'm a real Autoit enthusiast. Searching a lot for this question (disable an application GUI), I found several arguments, but since I'm at the beginning with Autoit programming, I can't figure out why the following lines don't work. The project I'm realizing is more complex, but my necessity is to obtain that a specific application GUI (MSWord) doesn't receive the user input commands (for example ENTER pressure), but only for a particular moment during the flow of script. I report a semplified example.

My question is: in the five seconds afte the instruction " GUISetState(@SW_DISABLE, $hWnd)" if I interact with the instance of Notepad yet opened, the GUI receive all my inputs (as ENTER pressure, letters pressure, etc.). Probably I'm using the function GUISetState() as a real newbie. How to obtain the "freezing" of Notepad GUI?

Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

#include <AutoItConstants.au3>
;#include <GUIConstants.au3>

    ; Run Notepad
    Run("notepad.exe")

    ; Wait 10 seconds for the Notepad window to appear.
    Local $hWnd = WinWait("[CLASS:Notepad]", "", 10)

    ; Disable Notepad GUI.
    GUISetState(@SW_DISABLE, $hWnd)
    
    ; Wait for 5 seconds. - (If I press keys in this five seconds, the GUI doesn't appear as disable!)
    Sleep(5000)

    ; Enable Notepad GUI.
    GUISetState(@SW_ENABLE, $hWnd)

    ; Send the 'F5' key to the edit control of Notepad to display the date and time. The handle returned by WinWait is used for the "title" parameter of ControlSend.
    ControlSend($hWnd, "", "Edit1", "{F5}")

   ; Wait for 2 seconds.
    Sleep(2000)

    ; Close the Notepad window using the handle returned by WinWait.
    WinClose($hWnd)

    ; Now a screen will pop up and ask to save the changes, the classname of the window is called
    ; "#32770" and simulating the "TAB" key to move to the second button in which the "ENTER" is simulated to not "save the file"
    WinWaitActive("[CLASS:#32770]")
    Sleep(500)
    Send("{TAB}{ENTER}")

 

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Moved to the appropriate forum, as the Developer General Discussion forum very clearly states:

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Hello, 

From what i understand you're just trying to block user's inputs at a specified moment. 

 

You can check in the help file. This macro :

Blockinput (1)

Be carefull you need admin rights for this. 

Help file : 

#RequireAdmin

#include <AutoItConstants.au3>

Example()

Func Example()
    ; Run Notepad
    Run("notepad.exe")

    ; Wait 10 seconds for the Notepad window to appear.
    Local $hWnd = WinWait("[CLASS:Notepad]", "", 10)

    ; Disable user input from the mouse and keyboard.
    BlockInput($BI_DISABLE)

    ; Wait for 2 seconds.
    Sleep(2000)

    ; Send the 'F5' key to the edit control of Notepad to display the date and time. The handle returned by WinWait is used for the "title" parameter of ControlSend.
    ControlSend($hWnd, "", "Edit1", "{F5}")

    ; Enable user input from the mouse and keyboard.
    BlockInput($BI_ENABLE)

    ; Wait for 2 seconds.
    Sleep(2000)

    ; Close the Notepad window using the handle returned by WinWait.
    WinClose($hWnd)

    ; Now a screen will pop up and ask to save the changes, the classname of the window is called
    ; "#32770" and simulating the "TAB" key to move to the second button in which the "ENTER" is simulated to not "save the file"
    WinWaitActive("[CLASS:#32770]")
    Sleep(500)
    Send("{TAB}{ENTER}")
EndFunc   ;==>Example

To answer to the primary question: 

Your first script is not working becose you're not using the correct flag

Try this one :

#include <AutoItConstants.au3>


    ; Run Notepad
    Run("notepad.exe")

    ; Wait 10 seconds for the Notepad window to appear.
    Local $hWnd = WinWait("[CLASS:Notepad]", "", 10)

    ; Get GUI actual stat.
    $State = WinGetState($hWnd)
    ; Msg Actual stat
    MsgBox (0,'','OK:'&$State)
    
    Sleep (1500)

    ; Hide GUI
    WinSetState($hWnd, "", @SW_HIDE)

    ; Get GUI actual stat.
    $State = WinGetState($hWnd)
    ; Msg Actual stat
    MsgBox (0,'','OK:'&$State)

    Sleep (1500)

    ; Show Gui
    WinSetState($hWnd, "", @SW_SHOW)
    
    
    ;If $Stat = 13 Then
    ;
    ;EndIF

To be familiar with all these flag and macro i recommand you to make some simple GUI and play with them.

#include <AutoItConstants.au3>
#include <GuiConstants.au3>


$MyGui = GUICreate("test",300,300)
$Button1 = GUICtrlCreateButton ( "Hit me!" , 100 ,100 )
$Button2 = GUICtrlCreateButton ( "Hit me!" , 100 ,130 )
GUICtrlSetState ($Button1 , $GUI_DISABLE )
GUISetState ( @SW_SHOW , $MyGui )

While (1)
Sleep (10) ; Avoid CPU usage

$GuiMsg = GUIGetMsg () ; Checking what is hapenning to $MyGui

    Switch $GuiMsg
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            Exit
        Case $Button1 ;Button1
                GUICtrlSetState ($MyGui , @SW_DISABLE ) ; = Nothing
        Case $Button2
                _MyFirstFunction () ; Enable Button1
    EndSwitch
    
WEnd

Func _MyFirstFunction ()
    GUICtrlSetState ($Button1 , @SW_ENABLE )
EndFunc

Regards,

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Hello Caramen!

First of all, thank you very much for your very appreciated support.
Yes, you fully understood my need. Reading the help, I tried the solution that you propose (even if you have a much superior style of writing the code). My problem is due to the fact that every time I call the Blockinput () function, a message rightly due to the #RequiredAdmin directive appears.
My need to disable for an extremely short amount of time MSWord recurs many times during a working session of the Autoit script.
In case it is useful I'll try to explain briefly what kind of work the script does.

Perfect for your tip on the use of flags: in this aspect I'm particulary weak. Now I have to study and try your examples and follow the excellent advices. I'll update on the results.

Thank you so much for your time and your expertise!

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You're welcome. 


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Hello Caramen and to all,

I studied and tried your three useful examples and I think I undestood how they work: very interesting.
The "@SW_HIDE" flag work very well and hiding the GUI, the same doesn't receive commands.

Now, since the appetite grow with eating, I would have a new question that rise in my mind. I would have the necessity that the MSWord GUI remain displayed on the screen, also in the short period of time when it became disable. This is possible in your opinion? Another solution come in my mind looking at your third script: I could disable and "freeze" all controls of MSWord and the text field where normally start a document (in my case a document is already present)

Thank you for any suggestion

Regards

S_A

 

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So if you dont got admin rights you cannot use BlockInput() that's all.

But this is the only way for me to do what you want.

 

An other simple way to disable a windows without block anyinput is a brain thing. You can move the windows out of the screen but it wont be displayed. 

Somthing like :

WinMove ( $hWND , "" , -1000 , -1000 ) 

An other way ( Advanced skill ) would be to use : 

#include <WinAPI.au3>

With some others macro. But unfortunatly we 're not learning this on the forum since it can make malicius things.

Edited by caramen

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Hello Caramen,

thank you one more time for your hints.

I started the week working quite hard so I reply you only this evening. But I kept in mind your suggestions and applied myself.

Experimenting with Autoit Help file and following your suggestions, I solved.

I believe that the function "GUISetState(@SW_DISABLE, $hwnd)" work only if the GUI is created with function $hwnd = GUICreate("title").

Instead seems me that this function doesn't work with the GUI of an already open MSWord instance. So I thought to try to open an embedded Notepad instance inside an Autoit GUI and try to disable it.

And it work. It's possible to disable the interface... (of course mine are not statements, cause I always talk about my experiments, that are experiments of a real Autoit newbie!).

This method already imply the "#include <WinAPI.au3>". And is not the better method since, when I try to embed the MS Word instance inside AutoIt GUI, all disappears.

So I decided to try another way: keeping  in mind your suggestion on "#include <WinAPI.au3>", and searching inside Autoit Help file, I found a one-instruction solution that work perfectly and directly on the MSWord GUI, without involving embedding or other complications.

So thank you very much for your support!

See you soon,

Regards

S_A 

 

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