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Accessing/Controlling Other windows in XP

Micho Lee

Joined: Oct 21, 2003
Posts: 14
I was wondering if someone could give me some direction in leaning how to access and control other windows using a separate program. For instance, I want to be able to detect when a window taskbar button blinks (saying something happened), open that window, then capture (alt-printscreen) and print a picture of that window into a file. Can someone give me some sample code or direct me to documents that would help me do this? I�m working with Java, so java related help would be most appreciated.
Thanks a bunch in advance!
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24195

The concepts you're dealing with are inherently platform-specific, so it should come as no surprise that Java has no APIs to represent them.
If you want to to do this only on one specific platform, like Windows, for example, then the only way to do it would be to use JNI to call OS-specific functions to do the work.

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