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I have a webpage that I would like to Focus the Input on a particular field, which is not automatically set as the initial input.





I want to just simply use the Send(“154xxx”) into the “Parcel” field, then Send(“{ENTER}”) without cycling through tab presses each time before getting to the correct inputbox, where number of tab press numbers might change depending on a few things (using either IE, chrome, etc). On most websites I try this with, the “Login ID” field is the first one that the cursor jumps to so all I do is just start a Send command, but here I can’t do that since it’s not the initial cursor location.


I’ve read a few things on the forums about “_WinAPI_SetFocus” but that appears to work on AutoIT generated form fields only (see below code), I don’t know how to translate it for website use, thanks for any help!


#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#Include <WinAPI.au3>
$hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 500, 500)
$hInput = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 10, 10, 400, 20)
GUICtrlCreateButton("Test", 10, 100, 80, 30)
GUICtrlSetState(-1, $GUI_FOCUS)
_WinAPI_SetFocus(ControlGetHandle("Test", "", $hInput))
While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE




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OK, reading up on the UDFs. 

If you click the link above to the online tax payment site and let it load you'll see what I mean. 

1) click link and wait for page to load

2) press TAB seven times

3) start typing the parcel ID

4) press enter


How do I skip step 2? How do I make the cursor jump right to the input field?

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I already pointed you to the functions you need above --

On 7/7/2020 at 3:31 PM, Danp2 said:

You can locate the element with _IEGetObjByName and then set it's value with _IEFormElementSetValue.

Read up on these in the help file. Try them out in your own script and then let us know how it goes. 😃

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9 minutes ago, Danp2 said:

I already pointed you to the functions you need above --

Read up on these in the help file. Try them out in your own script and then let us know how it goes. 😃

Perfect, works flawlessly thank you. 



#include <IE.au3>

Local $oIE = _IECreate("https://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/PropertyTaxValues/PayTaxCC.htm")

Local $oForm = _IEFormGetObjByName($oIE, "web")

Local $oInputFile = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($oForm, "parcel")

_IEAction($oInputFile, "focus")

_IEAction($oInputFile, "selectall")

Send("Thanks Danp2")



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35 minutes ago, Danp2 said:

That's not the proper way to do this (Send is :evil:). What you want is

_IEFormElementSetValue($oInputFile, "Thanks again!")


Well that streamlined things a bit... I may start using that instead of send from now on. Why don't you like send usually?



#include <IE.au3>

Local $oIE = _IECreate("https://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/PropertyTaxValues/PayTaxCC.htm")

Local $oForm = _IEFormGetObjByName($oIE, "web")

Local $oInputFile = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($oForm, "parcel")

_IEFormElementSetValue($oInputFile, "Danp2 is a rockstar")

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1 hour ago, Danp2 said:

Send is the least reliable way to update / send text to an application or web browser. Therefore, it should only be used as a last resort.

P.S. See the following for the correct method of posting code to the forum


Nice! Looks like the mobile site is missing those choices unfortunately. 



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