Focus Window Action

Declaration

<AMWINDOWFOCUS WINDOWTITLE="text" WINDOWCLASS="text" WINDOWHANDLE="number" ALLOWHIDDEN="yes/no" WINDOWHANDLEVARIABLE="text [variablename]" WINDOWCLASSVARIABLE="text [variablename]" WINDOWTITLEVARIABLE="text [variablename]" RESULTDATASET="text" />
{Also accepts all standard Window Dissection parameters}

See Also

Focus Window Action-Setting Properties, Close Window, Maximize Window, Minimize Window, Restore Window, Hide Window, Unhide Window, Resize Window, Move Window, Wait for Window, End Process

Description

Focuses (brings to foreground/front) the specified window so that it may receive keystrokes or mouse clicks. Most applications are already focused at startup making this action only necessary when working with multiple applications in a single task or applications that were not started by the same task.

Practical Usage

Focus Window is used to switch between active applications. Since applications are already focused (in the front of other windows) when they start, specifying a focus step every time an application is started is unnecessary.

Parameters

General Tab

Window Title Must Be

Text, Required
MARKUP:
a) WINDOWTITLE="Untitled - Notepad"
b) WINDOWTITLE="*Internet Explorer*"

Specifies the title of the window to focus. The value is not case sensitive. This parameter supports wildcard characters (* and ?). For example "*Internet Explorer*" would include all windows containing Internet Explorer.

Window Class Must Be

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

Specifies the class of the window to focus. The value is not case sensitive. This parameter supports wildcard characters (* and ?). For example "*Explore*" would include all window classes containing Explore.

Window Handle Must Be

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

Specifies the handle of the window to focus. If set to 0 or omitted, this parameter is ignored.

Contents Tab

The Contents tab contains standard window dissection parameters used to describe controls or text inside a window. These parameters are the same on every action that specifies a window and are documented under Window Dissection Parameters.

Advanced Tab

Include Hidden Windows

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

When enabled, specifies that hidden (non-visible) windows should be included in the window search. By default, hidden windows are considered unavailable.

Populate Variable with Window Title

Text [variablename], Optional, Default: (blank)
MARKUP: WINDOWTITLEVARIABLE="MyVariableName"

Specifies the name of an already existing variable that should receive the title of the window that was focused.

Populate Variable with Window Class

Text [variablename], Optional, Default: (blank)
MARKUP: WINDOWCLASSVARIABLE="MyVariableName"

Specifies the name of an already existing variable that should receive the class of the window that was focused.

Populate Variable with Window Handle

Text [variablename],  Optional, Default: (blank)
MARKUP: WINDOWHANDLEVARIABLE="MyVariableName"

Specifies the name of an already existing variable that should receive the handle of the window that was focused.

Create and Populate Dataset

Text, Optional, Default: (blank)
MARKUP: RESULTDATASET="DatasetName"

Specifies the name of a dataset to be created and populated with data from the window that was focused. In addition to the standard dataset fields, the dataset will contain the following:

Notes

Window Dissection™ Technology

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

Click here for more information.

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.

More on variables
More on expressions

More on the expression builder

Example

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

<AMWINDOWFOCUS WINDOWTITLE="* - Microsoft Word" WINDOWCLASS="OpusApp" RESULTDATASET="DatasetName" />