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For some reason I can't get this to submit.

here is the script I'm using:

#include <IE.au3>

$o_IE = _IECreate ()

_IENavigate ($o_IE, "http://htbackdrops.com/")


; get pointers to the login form and username and password fields

$o_form = _IEFormGetObjByName($o_IE, "custom_search")

$o_search = _IEFormElementGetObjByName($o_form, "search")

; Set field values and submit the form

_IEFormElementSetValue($o_search, "some band")



Here is the form source:

<form method="post" action="thumbnails.php" name="custom_search">

<input type="text" name="search" maxlength="255" value="" class="textinput" />

<input type="submit" value="Search" class="button" />

<input type="hidden" name="album" value="search" />

<input type="hidden" name="title" value="1" />

<input type="hidden" name="caption" value="1" />

<input type="hidden" name="keywords" value="1" />

<input type="hidden" name="owner_name" value="1" />

<input type="hidden" name="filename" value="1" />

<input type="hidden" name="type" value="AND" />


"some band" is entered, but the form isn't submitted. Any idea?

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Please read the "Remarks" for _IEFormSubmit in the helpfile.


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?

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

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Read the remarks in the help file under _IEFormSubmit(). Get an object reference (i.e. $oButton) to the "Search" button and use _IEAction($oButton, "click") on it.


Edit: Oops. Didn't see Dale was already there.


Edited by PsaltyDS

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Thank you both for pointing me in the right direction. I was able to use:

$oSubmit = _IEGetObjByName($o_form, "Search")

_IEAction ($oSubmit, "focus")

ControlSend($o_IE, "", "[CLASS:Internet Explorer_Server; INSTANCE:1]", "{Enter}")

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