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Hi there,

Please review the included script.

After starting Internet Explorer, I need to bring the Batch File CMD window back as active (focused), without me having to click in it.

And while at it, how can I "taskkill" only the Internet Explorer's PID I just opened?

Thanks for your help,
Rene
@ECHO OFF
SETLOCAL ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION

SET EmailListSource=EmailListSource.txt
SET YesFile=%~n0_YES.txt
SET  NoFile=%~n0_NO.txt

IF NOT EXIST %YesFile% ECHO.>%YesFile%
IF NOT EXIST %NoFile% ECHO.>%NoFile%


FOR /F "TOKENS=3,4 DELIMS=;" %%A IN (%EmailListSource%) DO (
	FOR /F "tokens=2 delims=@" %%B in ("%%A") DO (
		TYPE %YesFile% | Findstr "%%B">NUL
		IF !errorlevel! NEQ 0 TYPE %NoFile% | Findstr "%%B">NUL
		IF !errorlevel! NEQ 0 CALL :Menu "%%B" 
	)
)


PAUSE
EXIT



:Menu
CHOICE /C 123 /M "%~1   (1=Yes 2=No 3=Review 0=Exit)  "
IF %errorlevel% == 1 ECHO %~1>>%YesFile%
IF %errorlevel% == 2 ECHO %~1>>%NoFile%
IF %errorlevel% == 3 (
	START "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.%~1
	ECHO.
	PAUSE
	ECHO.
	TASKKILL -f -im iexplore.exe
	GOTO Menu
)

EXIT /b

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by:Bill Prew
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I think you can use the WIN command in NIRCMD to set the CMD window back to thetop.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd2.html#using

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by:Bill Prew
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As far as killing the IE instance you start, try adding the window title to the START command, and then search for that in the kill.

START "MYIE" "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.%~1

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by:ReneGe
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Hey bp & bp ;-)

1) Could there be a way without using a util?
2) The IE window does not take the title.

However, I found a way to get it's PID (from nummagumma2):
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/MS_DOS/Q_24718446.html

So killing the right process is resolved. Do you this we may be able to bring back the focus to the CMD window without the util?

Thanks and cheers,
Rene
@echo off
psexec -s -d "c:\program files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.mysite.dom
set pid=%errorlevel%
sleep 10
pskill %pid%

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by:ReneGe
ID: 33688040
Actually it is without the -s because it will run in the system account and will not see it.


@echo off
psexec -d "c:\program files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://www.mysite.dom
set pid=%errorlevel%
sleep 10
pskill %pid%

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by:Bill Prew
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Does the IE window need to be visible while it's running?  If not you might be able to start it hidden or minimized and not lose focus.

~bp
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by:ReneGe
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I have 2 screens.

CMD windows is on screen 1.

When the batch file opens I.E., I.E. opens on screen 2 and I need to see it.

Then, the focus must come back to the batch file CMD without the need for me the click in it.

If it is impossible in a batch file, I dont mind using a VBScript.

Thanks,
Rene
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by:ReneGe
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And if it would all just be easyer for you to do all in VBScript, that is still fine with me.

Thanks and cheers,
Rene
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Bill Prew earned 2000 total points
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I don't think there's any native way for the batch file to regain control and pop its window back up.  But we'll see if any other experts chime in.

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by:ReneGe
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I must have this running soon.
So I guess I'll have to use a util.
I found this: http://www.commandline.co.uk/cmdow/#examples that seems easy to use.

However, to use it' I will need to get the PID of my running batch file window.

I'll use:

for /F "Tokens=3" %%I in ('C:\Tools\getpids.exe') do set XX1PID=%%I
if "%XX1PID%" == "" (

      echo.
      echo ===^> ERROR: The current process id could not be retrieved.
      echo.

      goto Exit
)

Thanks for your help bp!

Cheers,
Rene
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