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I'm making an auto-clicker for a certain website, and the taskbar icon of the program keeps flashing whenever I change the site.

Basically, what the program does is get an array of links from the website and visit them one by one.

But every time the link is changed, the taskbar icon flashes.

This is problematic, because it's supposed to run in the background, unnoticed.

Edited code:

#include <GUIConstants.au3>
#include <IE.au3>
#include <INet.au3>

GUICreate("Template", 512, 512)
$glob2IE = _IECreateEmbedded()
$btnGo=GUICtrlCreateButton("Go!",  512-64-8,32,  48,24)
GUICtrlSetFont(-1,12,  400,0,"Arial")
GUICtrlCreateObj($glob2IE, 10,32,  512-20,512-32-10)

While 1+1=2
 If GUIGetMSG() = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE Then ExitLoop
 If GUIGetMsg() = $btnGo Then Go()

Func Go()
$site = "http://www.google.nl"

$oIE = _IECreate($site,  0,

$sHTML = _INetGetSource($site)
$oLinks = _IELinkGetCollection($oIE)

$x = 0
Dim $Link_Array[50]
For $oLink In $oLinks
;check if link is not on blacklist

;filter out irrelevant links


$z = 0
While $z < $x
  _IENavigate($oIE, $Link_Array[$z])
  _IENavigate($glob2IE, $Link_Array[$z])
 $z += 1

And when I say edited, I mean HEAVILY edited, only showing the relevant parts.

To summarize: whenever the script navigates to a site in the embedded IE object, the program flashes in the taskbar, is there any way to stop it from doing this?

Thanks in advance,


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Oh hey, look at that, the website has a javascript that will set focus on the window.

Any way to disable that?

For instance, by disabling and then reenabling javascript?

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You could try _IEAction "invisible" and get rid of the tray icon altogether -- not sure how the .focus would interact with this... try it.


Free Internet Tools: DebugBar, AutoIt IE Builder, HTTP UDF, MODIV2, IE Developer Toolbar, IEDocMon, Fiddler, HTML Validator, WGet, curl

MSDN docs: InternetExplorer Object, Document Object, Overviews and Tutorials, DHTML Objects, DHTML Events, WinHttpRequest, XmlHttpRequest, Cross-Frame Scripting, Office object model

Automate input type=file (Related)

Alternative to _IECreateEmbedded? better: _IECreatePseudoEmbedded  Better Better?

IE.au3 issues with Vista - Workarounds

SciTe Debug mode - it's magic: #AutoIt3Wrapper_run_debug_mode=Y Doesn't work needs to be ripped out of the troubleshooting lexicon. It means that what you tried did not produce the results you expected. It begs the questions 1) what did you try?, 2) what did you expect? and 3) what happened instead?

Reproducer: a small (the smallest?) piece of stand-alone code that demonstrates your trouble

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Hey, Dale, love the library. (b ")b

I got rid of the other window entirely, it's now simply an embedded IE object in my program.

The relevant code is now as follows:

_IENavigate($glob2IE, $site)
_IEAction($glob2IE, "invisible")
WinSetState($globTitle,"",@SW_MINIMIZE )

But the embedded object still steals focus. :)

Edit: Actually, the window only steals focus now, it doesn't flash anymore, so thanks for the partial solution. <_<

Edited by knight666

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Okay, I have a solution, but it's absolutely retarded, so it's not final.

In my program, I simply download the page, and extract the offending Javascript.

This is by far the slowest method evah.

$wait = 20 - Random(-5,5)

$tempsource = _INetGetSource($site)
$tempsource = StringRegExpReplace($tempsource,"\<script\>.*?\<\/script\>","")
$tempsource = StringRegExpReplace($tempsource,"name=Main src=.*?\>","")
$tempsite = StringMid($site,1,StringInStr($site,"/scripts"))
$tempsource = StringRegExpReplace($tempsource,"href=\/scripts\/runner.php\?KE=","href=" & $tempsite & "/scripts/runner.php?KE=")

$website = FileOpen("site" & $number & ".html",2)
FileWriteLine($website,"<META HTTP-EQUIV='REFRESH' CONTENT=" & $wait & ";URL='" & $site & "'>")

_IENavigate($glob2IE, "file:\\" & @ScriptDir & "\site" & $z & ".html")
_IEAction($glob2IE, "invisible")

FileDelete(@ScriptDir & "\site" & $number & ".html")

Suggestions are very much welcome.

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