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I am trying to time actions in different applications using AutoIT and I am looking for ideas on how to do that. For Excel and PowerPoint I was able to use the UDF for each and that made autoit pause for the functions to complete so doing the timing was easy. I am now trying to do the same for Power BI and there is no UDF so if I send hotkeys to do something in Power BI, the code does not pause and wait for that action to finish before it moves on. So my timings come back in a few milliseconds instead of when the action actually completes. For reference, the types of actions I am trying to time in Power BI are: Loading a workbook, filtering a report (timing when the report visual are completely refreshed after filtering), Publishing a workbook/report to Power BI online, saving a report to a PDF, etc.

I have looked into waiting for certain processes in windows to try and find one that occurs when the task is complete. There might be something there but I haven't been able to find a way to see the process info I need. I used Process Monitor to see the processes and threads and it has a Operation column that show what action the process is doing. That might work but I haven't been able to find a way in autoit to actually see the Operation info for a process.

Does anyone have other ideas on how I might be able to determine when an action has completed? 

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Split your problems in small parts 

Show example/repro script.

Because as so far I think nobody know what you want to achive.


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@mLipok Thanks for responding. I can show you what I did for excel and that is what I want to do with Power BI Desktop as well. My issue is that I used the Excel UDF and when I performed a function, autoit would pause and wait for that function to finish before executing the next line of code. There is no UDF for Power BI and apparently no COM stuff I can plug in to either so I used the send command to send hotkeys to Power BI Desktop but the issue is that the autoit doesn't know to pause and wait for tasks to complete before moving on to next line of code. This is important because I am trying to time the tasks that are being performed. So adding Sleep functions to make autoit wait doesn't work for me.
I used Process Monitor to see what processes and threads are happening when I perform tasks in Power BI Desktop and there might be something there I could use to mark the end of the task but I have not been able to figure out how to get the process based autoit functions to show me the same level of detail that Process Monitor does. Process Monitor shows the Operation for a thread (like Thread Create or Thread Exit) that I think I could use, but I haven't been able to find that info with the autoit process functions.
I looked into APIs and DLL functions but I wasn't able to figure those out.
The Power BI - CLI was recommended to me but it works with the Power BI Online service and not the Power BI Desktop app (which is what I am using). So it can't help me. 
Here is some of me Excel code so you can see what I did with it (I can post the entire script if that is more helpful but I figured showing just the part I am having trouble duplicating in Power BI Desktop would make it easier):


; start time for first macro.
         Local $hTimer = TimerInit()
         $T1[$TR][0] = $GTime

         ; Run first macro
         GUICtrlSetData($Label_4t, "Run CreateCalculations Macro")

         ; end time for first macro.
         Global $iTime = Round(TimerDiff($hTimer)/10,0); Find the difference in time from the previous call of TimerInit.
         $T4[$TR] = $iTime
         $T3[$TR][0] = $CTime
         $T2[$TR][0] = $GTime
         $Task += 1
Func GetTime()
   Local $Hr = Int(Number(@HOUR))
   Local $Min = Int(Number(@MIN))
   Local $Sec = Int(Number(@SEC))
   Local $MSc = Round(Int(Number(@MSEC)/10),0)
   $GTime = StringFormat("%02i",$Hr) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$Min) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$Sec) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$MSc)

Func ConvertTime()
   $hour = Floor($iTime / 3600000)
   $remanH = Mod($iTime, 3600000)
   $min = Floor($remanH / 60000)
   $remanM = Mod($remanH, 60000)
   $sec = Floor($remanM / 1000)
   $remanS = Mod($remanM, 1000)
   $msec = Round($remanS/100, 0)
   $CTime = StringFormat("%02i",$hour) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$min) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$sec) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$msec)


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