I'm trying to do some automation. I want NP to do a find shortly after opening. If I find the window with class Notepad++ and stuff keystrokes with PostMessage, it doesn't do anything. That's the parent window and has the menu bar. If I find the child window with class Scintilla and stuff keystrokes there, the CTRL-F is ignored, I can't tell, and the search text is inserted at the top of the document as if I typed it. What I need to do is stuff a CTRL-F into the parent window, cause the search dialog to open, find that window, then stuff the search text. I can't get anything to happen with the parent window. Can anyone help with this? Thanks
You'd need to:
* send WM_COMMAND with the proper ID to the Npp window
* Wait for dialog to open
* locate children of the dialog box and add contents there, including clicking the button.
Won't a native Notepad++ macro work in a simpler way?
Do you really need to automate through keystrokes and messages? To automate Notepad++ to search on startup, I would rather use PythonScript plugin, and generate a script before starting Notepad++, that will be executed on startup. So that you do not have to modify the startup.py script dynamically, you can use an "import" of the script to execute, in a "try: import … except ImportError:".