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I have a windows program that lacks the ability to send agrument to the exe file on launch.
Is there a way around this?
Like a program that create a path of your mouse clicks to perform once the program is opened.
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Question by:swedishmotors
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TheGorby earned 2000 total points
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AutoIT is perfect for this; the help file that comes with it is pretty in-depth but I'd be glad to give you some help with setting up a script:

http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/index.shtml
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by:swedishmotors
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Here is a screen cast of what I have so far.

Launch program, wait for the window I want to be active.

I cannot figure out how to select the list view item I want and select the "Process button"

I can do it using mouse click locations, but I am setting this up for many different user on different PC's so the position of the window is not always the same.  I need to use ControlListView to find the item.  Then ControlClick to click the Process button.

Could you advise?
swedishmotors-375639.flv
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Could you post your actual code? Also I am unable to view the video, if necessary could you post screen shots instead? Or a YouTube link would work I could view that.
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Nevermind, I'm suddenly able to see the video. Delete line 6 of your code, and replace it with what I've posted below. This will display a message box with the index number needed for the "Select" command.
$result=ControlListView("Service Writer Login","","ListView20WndClass1","FindItem","ADAM")

Msgbox(0,"Result",$result)

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In fact, you could use this in the final script; all that needs to be added at the end is the ControlClick function for the Process button.
Run("C:\ACR\PROG\BMX.exe /LIVE")

WinWaitActive("Service Writer Login")

$result=ControlListView("Service Writer Login","","ListView20WndClass1","FindItem","ADAM")

ControlListView("Service Writer Login","","ListView20WndClass1","Select",$result)

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by:swedishmotors
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My code so far, and the result.

Does not seem to be selecting the list view item.  Also can you double check the controlclick code?

Thank you! swedishmotors-375660.flv
Run("C:\ACR\PROG\BMX.exe /LIVE")

WinWaitActive("Service Writer Login")

$result=ControlListView("Service Writer Login","","ListView20WndClass1","FindItem","JOSH")
Msgbox(0,"Result",$result)
 

ControlListView("Service Writer Login","","ListView20WndClass1","Select",$result)
 
ControlClick ( "Service Writer Login", "", 3 , "left" , 1 , 8 , 240)

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We need to find out the exact text to look for on the list, 'JOSH' wasn't found and that's why the message box had a -1 in it. The code below will give you the name of each item on the list, as AutoIT sees it. The names that it gives you is the exact text to use for the 'FindItem' command.
Run("C:\ACR\PROG\BMX.exe /LIVE")  
  
WinWaitActive("Service Writer Login")  
  
$loop=0
While $loop<7
	$name=ControlListView("Service Writer Login","","ListView20WndClass1","GetText",$loop)
	MsgBox(0,"Item " & $loop+1 & " of 7","The text for item " & $loop+1 & " (index " & $loop & ") on the list is: " & $name)
	$loop=$loop+1
WEnd

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by:TheGorby
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Your ControlClick function should be more like this:
ControlClick("Service Writer Login","","ThunderRT6CommandButton2")

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by:swedishmotors
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Looks like the problem is there is no text.  The program contains lots of poor programming practices...

I guess I need to select it by the item it is on the list.

Name1
Name2
Name3
Name4

If I want to select item 3 in the list "Name3" is this possible?

I believe I use:
ControlListView ( "title", "text", controlID, "command" [, option1 [, option2]] )
so:
ControlListView ( "Service Writer Login", "", ListView20WndClass1, select, 3, "" )
I'm not sure how to send the argument of the item in the list - 3?

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When I saw the way the window looks, I was afraid it might not be programmed in the 'Windows-friendly' way. There's a chance that the ControlListView function may not work at all on it; if that's the case you should be able to use the Send function to send keystrokes to the program.

For ListView controls, the items are numbered sequentially starting with 0. So the 3rd item on the list (from the top) is actually number 2. For AutoIT functions, optional paramters can be left out if they're at the end of the statement so it would look like this:

ControlListView("Service Writer Login", "", "ListView20WndClass1", "Select", 2)

Make sure you include all the quotes as I have them. If that doesn't work and you want to use the Send function, it would be something like this:

Send("{DOWN}")
Send("{DOWN}")
Send("{ENTER}")

Those 3 lines would press the down arrow twice, and then the Enter key. Of course you'll have to figure out exactly what keystrokes are needed. Also, usually you can still use ControlClick even in programs where ControlListView doesn't work.
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by:swedishmotors
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I really appreciate your help, this has been a great learning experience.
Works awesome!
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