Hide Window Action—Setting Properties

The Hide Window action is used to hide a currently visible window. Hiding a window makes the window invisible so that it cannot be seen or interacted with. Keystrokes and mouse clicks cannot be sent to hidden windows. This may be helpful to ensure the window does not interfere with other actions.

You can define the window as specifically or as generally as you like. If more than one window matches the properties entered, all matching windows are acted on.

You can also populate variables or a dataset with the properties of the window. Any variables used must be created in earlier steps using the Create Variable action. If more than one window was acted on, only the first is reported.

To access a window that has been hidden, use the Unhide Window action.

Important: Once a window is hidden, if anything goes wrong during the external program's execution, you may not be able to see it.  Also it is not possible to exit an application while the window is hidden except by ending the process either using AutoMate or the Windows Task Manager.

To set Hide Window properties

  1. From the Task Builder Available Actions pane, open the Window folder and double-click the Hide Window action or drag it into the Steps pane.

  2. If possible, open the window that you want the step to hide. Then drag the AutoMate icon into the window. This will automatically populate the window properties. If you cannot open the window, use a similar window and then edit the properties per step 4 below.

  3. Select or clear the check boxes to indicate which window properties are required.

  4. If you need to make changes to the auto-populated properties, use the following guidelines:

  5. To specify one or more objects to be used in identifying the window, click the Contents tab, select Window must contain the objects, and then enter the properties for each object as follows:

    1. Click Add.

      The Select an Object dialog box opens.

    2. Drag the AutoMate icon to the object.

    3. If you need to edit the auto-populated properties, click Edit. Then in the Define a Control dialog box, edit the properties according to the following guidelines:

The properties are as follows:

  1. Click OK in each dialog box to return to the Contents page.

    The entered object is listed.

  2. If you need to delete an object, select it on the list and click Delete.

  3. To designate variables or a dataset to be populated with the window properties, click the Advanced tab and enter the properties as follows:

    1. For each property that you want to place in a variable, select the check box and then select the variable in the box below.

    2. To place the window title, class, and handle in a dataset, select Create and populate dataset, and then enter a name for the dataset in the box below.

  4. To set the Description tab properties, refer to Description Tab Options.

  5. To set the Error Causes and On Error tab properties, refer to Step Error Handling.

  6. When finished, click OK to save settings and close the properties dialog window.

See Also

About Actions

Adding Task Steps

Window Dissection Parameters

Hide Window Action