Move Mouse to Object Action

Declaration

<AMMOUSEMOVEOBJECT WINDOWTITLE="text" WINDOWCLASS="text" WINDOWHANDLE="number" OBJECTNAME="text" OBJECTCLASS="text" OBJECTVALUE="text" OBJECTTYPE="text" CHECKOBJECTNAME="yes/no" CHECKOBJECTCLASS="yes/no" CHECKOBJECTTYPE="yes/no">

See Also

Move Mouse to Object Action-Setting Properties, Click Mouse Action, Move Mouse Action, Press Action, Send Keystrokes Action, Get Text Action

Description

Moves the mouse pointer to the center of an object or control on a window such as a button, page tab, text box, link or column header. To select an object from an existing window, either use the "Browse..." button or drag the AutoMate icon to the area on the screen.

Practical Usage

Used to move the mouse to a button, folder tab, page link or other control on an application Window or desktop. Using the Move mouse to Object action is superior to using the Mouse <AMMOUSE> (where it is able to be used) because it communicates with the target control natively and will continue to work even if the control is moved in subsequent sessions. The most common usage for the Move Mouse to Object action is to click the icons or applications running in the system tray (also known as tray applications)

IMPORTANT: Only standard Windows controls will work with the Move Mouse to Object action, many applications use images or other controls that may act like windows controls but do not support the interfaces required to detect them - the Move Mouse to Object action will not work with these controls. In these cases other interactivity actions must be used such as Send Keystrokes <AMSENDKEY> or Mouse <AMMOUSE>.

Parameters

General Tab

After selecting the target control by dragging the AutoMate icon, click the Edit button under "Object Description" to access these properties:

Window Title

Text, Required
MARKUP: WINDOWTITLE="Microsoft Internet Explorer"

Specifies the title of the Window that the control search should be restricted to. The value is case-insensitive. NOTE: A Window title is required because without this parameter the action would have to search every control of every single Window on the system which would take an unacceptable amount of time. This parameter supports wildcards (* and ?), for example "*Internet Explorer* would include all Windows containing that text. Note: If this parameter is left blank, the action assumes it is searching for a Window title that is blank - to ignore the Window title, use *.

Window Class

Text, Required
MARKUP: WINDOWCLASS="Outlook Express Browser Class"

Specifies the class of the Window to act on. The value is case-insensitive. This parameter supports wildcards (* and ?), for example "*Internet Explorer* would include all window classes containing that text. Note: If this parameter is left blank, the action assumes it is searching for a Window class that is blank - to ignore the Window class, use *.

Window Handle

Number, Optional - Default - 0
MARKUP: WINDOWHANDLE="555735"

Specifies the handle of the Window to act on. If set to 0 or omitted the parameter is ignored.

Type Must Be

Yes/No, Optional Default NO
MARKUP: CHECKOBJECTTYPE="YES"

Specifies that the type parameter will be checked against the control when determining a matching control. When set to NO the type of the control is ignored.

Type

Text, Optional Default ""
MARKUP: OBJECTTYPE="PushButton"

Specifies the type of target control. The parameter is ignored if "Type must be" is set to NO.

Class Must Be

Yes/No, Optional Default NO
MARKUP: CHECKOBJECTCLASS="YES"

Specifies that the class parameter will be checked against the control when determining a matching control. When set to NO the class of the control is ignored.

Class

Text, Optional Default ""
MARKUP: OBJECTCLASS="SysTreeView32"

Specifies the class of the target control. The parameter is ignored if "Class Must be" is set to no. This parameter supports wildcards (* and ?), for example "*Internet Explorer* would include all Windows containing that text.

Name Must Be

Yes/No, Optional Default NO
MARKUP: CHECKOBJECTNAME="YES"

Specifies that the name parameter will be checked against the control when determining a matching control. When set to NO the name of the control is ignored.

Name

Text, Optional Default ""
MARKUP: OBJECTNAME="Cancel"

Specifies the name of target control. The parameter is ignored if "Name must be" is set to NO. This parameter supports wildcards (* and ?), for example "*Internet Explorer* would include all Windows containing that text.

Value Must Be

Yes/No, Optional Default NO
MARKUP: CHECKOBJECTVALUE="YES"

Specifies that the value parameter will be checked against the control when determining a matching control. When set to NO the value of the control is ignored.

Value

Text, Optional Default ""
MARKUP: OBJECTVALUE="1"

Specifies the value of target control. The parameter is ignored if "Value must be" is set to NO. This parameter supports wildcards (* and ?), for example "*Internet Explorer* would include all Windows containing that text.

Position Must Be

Yes/No, Optional Default NO
MARKUP: CHECKOBJECTPOSITION="YES"

Specifies that the Position X and Position Y parameter will be checked against the position of the control when determining a matching control. When set to NO the position of the control is ignored. The X and Y coordinates specified are relative to the Window specified in the Window Title Parameter (not the screen).

Position X

Text, Optional Default ""
MARKUP: OBJECTXPOS="80"

Specifies the X coordinate position of the control relative to the Window specified in the Window Title Parameter. The parameter is ignored if "Position must be" is set to NO.

Position Y

Text, Optional Default ""
MARKUP: OBJECTYPOS="90"

Specifies the Y coordinate position of the control relative to the Window specified in the Window Title Parameter. The parameter is ignored if "Position must be" is set to NO.

Notes

Window Dissection™ Technology

This action contains a subset of Network Automation's unique "Window Dissection Technology".

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Custom Description

This action includes the Description tab for entering a custom step description.

More on setting custom step description

Standard Error Handling Options

This action also includes the standard Error Causes and On Error failure handling options/tabs.

More on Error Handling Options

Variables and Expressions

All text fields allow the use of expressions, which can be entered by surrounding the expression in percentage signs (example: %MYVARIABLE%, %Left('Text',2)%). To help construct these expressions, you can open Expression Builder from these fields by pressing F2.

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Example

NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.

<AMMOUSEMOVEOBJECT WINDOWTITLE="" OBJECTNAME="ICQ Online*" OBJECTCLASS="ToolbarWindow32" OBJECTTYPE="PushButton" CHECKOBJECTNAME="YES" CHECKOBJECTCLASS="YES" CHECKOBJECTTYPE="YES">