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TASK: Attempting to retrieve control position. ID 1017 is consistent between app sessions and other automation concerns require the use of this ID, e.g. cannot use ClassNameNN.

PROBLEM: When using passing in the ID, I receive a different handle than if I had used ClassnameNN, etc. I saw nothing on the forums previously and am in hopes someone can explain this behavior and knows of a consistent workaround.

EDIT: Figured it out. The app has another control with the same ID that appears in another #32770 window. I believe that because it is higher in the tree, it takes precedence. Using ID and INSTANCE returns the wrong handle. Any workarounds would be welcome, but I'm not sure if its possible on this side of the app.

Window Info:

>>>> Window <<<<
Title:  Connections - Client Input
Class:  demo60.exeWindowClass
Position:   -4, -4
Size:   1160, 844
Style:  0x15CFC000
ExStyle:    0x00000100
Handle: 0x00080590

>>>> Control <<<<
Class:  ComboBox
Instance:   4
ClassnameNN:    ComboBox4
Advanced (Class):   [CLASS:ComboBox; INSTANCE:4]
ID: 1017
Position:   292, 226
Size:   165, 21
ControlClick Coords:    61, 9
Style:  0x50010203
ExStyle:    0x00000004
Handle: 0x001A07EE


ConsoleWrite("Using Class+Instance..." & @CRLF)
$handle =  ControlGetHandle("Connections - Client", "", "[CLASS:ComboBox; INSTANCE:4]" )
ConsoleWrite("HWND: " & $handle & @CRLF)
$res = ControlGetPos("Connections - Client", "", "[CLASS:ComboBox; INSTANCE:4]" )
ConsoleWrite( "Position: " & $res[0] & ", " & $res[1] & @CRLF)
ConsoleWrite( @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("Using ID..." & @CRLF)
$handle =  ControlGetHandle("Connections - Client", "", "[ID:1017]" )
ConsoleWrite("HWND: " & $handle & @CRLF)
$res = ControlGetPos("Connections - Client", "", "[ID:1017]" )
ConsoleWrite( "Position: " & $res[0] & ", " & $res[1] & @CRLF)
ConsoleWrite( @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("Using ClassnameNN..." & @CRLF)
$handle =  ControlGetHandle("Connections - Client", "", "ComboBox4" )
ConsoleWrite("HWND: " & $handle & @CRLF)
$res = ControlGetPos("Connections - Client", "", "ComboBox4" )
ConsoleWrite( "Position: " & $res[0] & ", " & $res[1] & @CRLF)


Using Class+Instance...
HWND: 0x001A07EE
Position: 292, 226

Using ID...
HWND: 0x000805CE
Position: 977, 378

Using ClassnameNN...
HWND: 0x001A07EE
Position: 292, 226
Edited by zfisherdrums

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If there are multiple windows with the same title, start using WinTitleMatchMode = 4 and "[CLASS:demo60.exeWindowClass; TITLE:Connections - Client Input]" or "[CLASS:#32770; TITLE:Connections - Client Input]" choose which window you want.


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Man, thank you so much for the advice. I tried it but to no avail. I believe the problem here is that the #32770 windows are part of an MDI belonging to the "Connections" application. I wish there was a way to natively specify an instance of an internal control ID, or even specify AutoIt to only traverse all child controls of a specific control, instead of an application window. Perhaps this would be a bit like asking the sun not to shine so bright in my window each morning; this "problem" is mine alone.


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