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Force GUI Window to Never to Gain Focus..?

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Is there anyway to Force a GUI Window or GUI Process to Never to Gain Focus..??

so if you have a script running in the GUI window and you have some other windows open over the GUI window no matter what happens in the GUI window it wont take away the focus from any other open windows..??

is there any code or function for this type of thing..??

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cypher175,

No doubt someone cleverer will come up with a way to intercept the FOCUS message, but I have used this short snippet of code to prevent a newly created GUI stealing focus. You might be able to do something similar for your GUI if you can identify the moments in the script when it tries to grab the focus:

$hCurrWnd = _WinAPI_GetForegroundWindow()
GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hMy_GUI)
WinActivate($hCurrWnd, "")

Not perfect I know - but it might do until you get a more comprehensive solution.

M23


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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Building on Melba23's idea:

#include <WinApi.au3>
Global Const $WS_EX_NOACTIVATE = 0x08000000

$hCurrWnd = _WinAPI_GetForegroundWindow()
$hMy_GUI = GUICreate("TEST",500,500,-1,-1,-1, $WS_EX_NOACTIVATE)
$btn = GUICtrlCreateButton("OK",100,100)

GUISetState(@SW_SHOW, $hMy_GUI)
WinActivate($hCurrWnd, "")

GuiSetState()
While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case -3
            Exit
        Case $btn
            MsgBox(0,"","Clicked")
    EndSwitch
WEnd
Edited by ResNullius

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You don't need the WinAPI :)

Global Const $WS_EX_NOACTIVATE = 0x08000000

$hMy_GUI = GUICreate("TEST",500,500,-1,-1,-1, $WS_EX_NOACTIVATE)
$btn = GUICtrlCreateButton("OK",100,100)

GUISetState(@SW_SHOWNOACTIVATE, $hMy_GUI)

GuiSetState()
While 1
    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case -3
            Exit
        Case $btn
            MsgBox(0,"","Clicked")
    EndSwitch
WEnd

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You don't need the WinAPI :)

Thanks ProgAndy!

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I wrote in the search bar at the AutoIt forum "GUI without focus" and the first results is the answer to this question. I do not understand why there is a search, if no one uses. 95% of the responses to my questions, I find it using search. Maybe it makes sense to write something like "Start Guide for AutoIt Search Engine".

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ProgAndy,

Thanks for that - but where did you find it?

Yashied,

I agree with your comments about searching and it is always one of the tips I give to new members. But I must say that using Search succesfully can require a bit of luck - if you do not choose the right search terms it can be very frustrating. :-(

I find the Advanced Search much more useful, particularly if I am searching for something I know is there and have a vague memory of the thread contributors.

M23


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:

Spoiler

ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area

 

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Here is what trancexxx came up with in a topic I made to ask a similar question

http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=93630

the code in particular is:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>


Global $hGui = GUICreate("Click-through topmost GUI", -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, BitOR($WS_EX_TOPMOST, $WS_EX_TRANSPARENT, $WS_EX_LAYERED)) ; you can omit WS_EX_LAYERED
;WinSetTrans($hGui, 0, 170) This was needed in my case
GUISetState()


While 1
    If GUIGetMsg() = -3 Then Exit
WEnd

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