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Problem with WinExists and WinTitleMatchMode = 3

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I'm trying to build a simple script to shutdown my computer after doing a long copy files task using Total Commander.

My script...

Opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 3) ;1=start, 2=subStr, 3=exact, 4=advanced, -1 to -4=Nocase
Opt("WinSearchChildren", 1) ;0=no, 1=search children also
Opt("TrayIconDebug", 1)

While WinExists("Total Commander")
$ret = MsgBox(1,"Warning","Windows will shutdown in 20 seconds",20)
If $ret = 1 Or $ret 0 -1 Then
   Shutdown(8 + 4) 

Now my problem. When Total Commander is running the Windows title is "Total Commander 7.04a - NOT REGISTERED" (i'm running the trial version), after start the copy operation it opens a new windows with the title "Total Commander".

Running the above code the script pauses when i have only the main TC window open and without the "Total Commander" window.

From the help file with WinTitleMatchMode = 3:

Mode 3

Exact title match.

In this mode a window titled Untitled - Notepad would only be matched by "Untitled - Notepad"

Is this a bug on the title match or i'm doing something wrong.

Tanks for any help.

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I have had problems like this with title matching. I found that one way to get round it is to use the unique Windows handles. Use WinList to get the open windows BEFORE you start the copy operation - that will give you the titles and handles of the exisiting windows at that point. Then check again AFTER you have started the copy operation and you can find the title and handle of the new dialog by comparing the 2 arrays. Now you have a handle for the dialog and can track its disappearance by looping until it is no more. Pseudo-code:

$Array1 = WinList("Total Commander")
; Start the copy operation
$Array2 = WinList("Total Commander")
; Compare arrays to find the new window handle
While 1
    $Array3 = WinList("Total Commander")
; Search the array for the handle with _ArraySearch
    If $Handle not found ExitLoop

There are no doubt more elegant ways to do it - but the important thing is that it works.


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Hi Melba,

Tanks for your suggestion. Seems to me that the match isn't correctly done.

I have found a workaround if i do the test including some text from the window like this

While WinExists("Total Commander", "&Background")


Rui Paz

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