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John Skilleter

Stuck trying to control Outlook window positions

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I'm trying to write a script to control the position of Outlook (not Outlook Express) window locations automatically and I'm getting somewhat stuck.

Outlook doesn't have fixed window titles, so I'm using WinTitleMatchMode set to 4 and matching against the window class name as, according to the AutoIT Window Info app, all Outlook windows have a classname of rctrl_renwnd32.

The problem is that I can't get the script to notice when an Outlook window becomes active. My simple-minded test script is as follows:

AutoItSetOption("WinTitleMatchMode", 4)

while 1

$Active = WinWaitActive("classname=rctrl_renwnd32")

if $Active then

MsgBox(0, "Outlook!", "Outlook window " & "'" & WinGetTitle("active") & "'")

endif

wend

and no matter which Outlook windows I activate, I never see the msgbox.

Can anyone show me where I'm being silly, or suggest a way of doing this that will actually work.

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Works for me, must be something with the classname.

AutoItSetOption("WinTitleMatchMode", 4)

while 1
    $Active = WinWaitActive("classname=MozillaUIWindowClass")
    
    if $Active then
        MsgBox(0, "Outlook!", "Outlook window " & "'" & WinGetTitle("active") & "'")
    endif
wend
PS: Use [autoit] or [code ](no spaces) tags to represent code.

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Yes, thanks, it works fine for other applications' windows, but it doesn't seem to want to work with Outlook!

I've double-checked the window classname using Winspector (http://www.windows-spy.com/) and it is correct, so I'm a bit baffled.

If I can't use the class name and I can't use the window title, is there any other way of determining whether a window belonging to a particular application has become active?

Works for me, must be something with the classname.

AutoItSetOption("WinTitleMatchMode", 4)

while 1
    $Active = WinWaitActive("classname=MozillaUIWindowClass")
    
    if $Active then
        MsgBox(0, "Outlook!", "Outlook window " & "'" & WinGetTitle("active") & "'")
    endif
wend
PS: Use [autoit] or [code ](no spaces) tags to represent code.

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I've fixed the problem by checking to see which process owns the window, which seems a bit of a sledgehammer approach, but works:

while 1
   $Active = WinWaitActive("")
    
   if $Active then      
      $WinProcess = WinGetProcess("")       
      $Processes = ProcessList("Outlook.exe")
        
      for $i = 1 to $Processes[0][0]
         if $Processes[$i][1] == $WinProcess then
            MsgBox(0, "Message!", "Outlook window, PID=" & $WinProcess)
         endif
      next
   endif
wend

Yes, thanks, it works fine for other applications' windows, but it doesn't seem to want to work with Outlook!

I've double-checked the window classname using Winspector (http://www.windows-spy.com/) and it is correct, so I'm a bit baffled.

If I can't use the class name and I can't use the window title, is there any other way of determining whether a window belonging to a particular application has become active?

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