MSWord - File in Use dialog - close with script

conrad2010
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I am working in an environment where hundreds of MS Word documents are processed automatically... every now and then this "File In Use" dialog pops up and all I have to do is hit the "Read Only" button to release this document.

Does anyone has a tip on how to detect if this dialog is up and maybe have a routine to close this dialog? Even if we have to build a Windows Service, or a MS-DOS service with VBScript that detects this dialog every 5 minutes would be great.

I understand I have to look for the owner file (starting with ~$ in the file name) and I understand I can delete that file to release the lock. Just have to figure out on how to click the ok button once that happens.

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Commented:
You can try using AutoIt and use WinWait for wait for the File In Use window, then click the Read Only button.  See here for an example:
http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/77554-how-to-check-a-window-if-open-and-click-on-a-button-twice-with-a-delay-between-clicks/

Regards,

Rob.

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