Selecting and reading items from popup menus

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Selecting and reading items from popup menus

Postby Mark on Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:02 am

The app I am working with has many context sensitive (popup) menus, i.e. menus that get displayed at the cursor when I right-click on an item. The windows declaration recorder doesn't find them when I select the main window and they disappear when I switch windows so I cannot activate the popup and then try to record it.

With experimentation, I can get the coordinates to do a MouseClick, but I am wondering if there is a better way to deal with this. Some of these menus are nested 2 and 3 levels deep so that is a lot of coordinate calculating. It would be great to manage them like the normal menus.
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Re: Selecting and reading items from popup menus

Postby john on Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:48 pm


Yes, unfortunately WinDR cannot record popus since they don't exist when you leave an application. However, you can use the recorder to record a pop-up and get the coordinates:

MainWin("PhantomTabCtrlWindow.cpp - Notepad","Notepad").MainWin(1,"Edit").MouseClick(2,753,236,1);
MainWin("PhantomTabCtrlWindow.cpp - Notepad","Notepad").MainWin(1,"Edit").MouseClick(2,753,236,2);

Be sure to record each selection of multi-tiered popups (don't 'hover' over a menu, but click it). Another option is to use the arrow keys or accelerators:

#Recorded Commands - 12/13/10 14:48:31
MainWin("PhantomTabCtrlWindow.cpp - Notepad","Notepad").MainWin(1,"Edit").MouseClick(2,824,239,1);
MainWin("PhantomTabCtrlWindow.cpp - Notepad","Notepad").MainWin(1,"Edit").MouseClick(2,824,239,2);
MainWin("PhantomTabCtrlWindow.cpp - Notepad","Notepad").MainWin(1,"Edit").TypeKeys("<UP>");
MainWin("PhantomTabCtrlWindow.cpp - Notepad","Notepad").MainWin(1,"Edit").TypeKeys("<ENTER>");

This avoids mouse click coordinates altogether...

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Re: Selecting and reading items from popup menus

Postby Mark on Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:49 pm

OK. Too bad about the popups, but thanks for the suggestions on getting the coordinates.
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