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Disable a Menu Item for a seperate program

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I'm still VERY new to Autoit so please forgive my ignorance. I've tried searching on this but haven't found anything I could use.

We have a software package that is designed to print shipping labels to various printers. The problem I'm having is end users changing the printer configuration then crying about IT not being able to resolve this issue. The perfect resolution at this point is to rip off the employees arms and club them to death with the bloody appendage. I've tried locking the permissions on the config files but the software vendor insists the user needs admin rights to the software folder. This finally brings me to my question.

Is it possible for me to use an Autoit script to disable all or a single drop down menu in the shipping software?

Any help is appreciated.

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Ok, I'm impatient too, 7 views and no replies? I figured this would be a resounding 'no'. I'm just curious if the Autoit control functions work for other programs. I know you can automate an install by sending a click to a control, but could you disable the control rather than clicking it, or delete it completely?

If the answer is 'maybe' please help me understand.

If the answer is no, then is it possible to prevent the menu bar from being clicked in any other way? Educating the users to leave shit alone would be ideal, but there is a reason some people are payed $6 per hour...

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Just because you went and bumped your thread in less than 24 hours I'm not even going to look at it untill tomorrow now.


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Just because you went and bumped your thread in less than 24 hours I'm not even going to look at it untill tomorrow now.

A lot of people looked at it but haven't said anything. I didn't reply to bump my thread, but thought I should clarify my question. I thought this would have been a very simple question.

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It is possible if you can determine the menu you need to disable. This code will disable the user from using the "New" item in the file menu of Notepad.

CODE

#include <GuiMenu.au3>

Run("notepad.exe")

WinWaitActive("[CLASS:Notepad]") ;wait until window is active

$hWnd = WinGetHandle("[CLASS:Notepad]") ;get handle of the application

$hMain = _GUICtrlMenu_GetMenu($hWnd) ;get the handle of the menu item

$hFile = _GUICtrlMenu_GetItemSubMenu($hMain, 0) ;get the handle of the "File" menu. For notepad position 0-File, 1-Edit, 2-Format, 3-View, 4-Help

_GUICtrlMenu_SetItemState($hFile,0,$MFS_DISABLED) ;Disable the item you need - 0 is first item, 1 is second, etc. Keep in mind spacer lines are item numbers as well.

Good luck.

Bob


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It is possible if you can determine the menu you need to disable. This code will disable the user from using the "New" item in the file menu of Notepad.

CODE

#include <GuiMenu.au3>

Run("notepad.exe")

WinWaitActive("[CLASS:Notepad]") ;wait until window is active

$hWnd = WinGetHandle("[CLASS:Notepad]") ;get handle of the application

$hMain = _GUICtrlMenu_GetMenu($hWnd) ;get the handle of the menu item

$hFile = _GUICtrlMenu_GetItemSubMenu($hMain, 0) ;get the handle of the "File" menu. For notepad position 0-File, 1-Edit, 2-Format, 3-View, 4-Help

_GUICtrlMenu_SetItemState($hFile,0,$MFS_DISABLED) ;Disable the item you need - 0 is first item, 1 is second, etc. Keep in mind spacer lines are item numbers as well.

Good luck.

Bob

Thank you! I'll try and find the time to invest in this now. I'm just unsure if the program is reverting its settings or if the users are changing the printer configs. Either way I'm too busy to bark up the wrong tree, thank you again.

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Thank you! I'll try and find the time to invest in this now. I'm just unsure if the program is reverting its settings or if the users are changing the printer configs. Either way I'm too busy to bark up the wrong tree, thank you again.

Just a thought but either way, you should be able to write something to fix it. If it's the users, continue as you were going to of disabling that feature, and if it's reverting itself, write something to change it before they print or somethign similar.

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