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    how to read things inside any window

    I'd like to know how to read buttons or body text from some child window.
    I already found the window handle

    It's the clipboard-window I'd like to read to capture the cut-addresses:
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    Re: how to read things inside any window

    Have you tried the GetWindowText API function?
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    Re: how to read things inside any window

    yheah, but GetWindowText only returns the title: "20 of 24 - Clipboard"

    Maybe there is something that isn't a child window, but more like a child-button I need to address?

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    Re: how to read things inside any window

    If you got the title of a parent window, then the window handle you used doesn't belong to the child window you want to read. How are you locating the window handle? Have you used EnumerateChildWindows?
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    Re: how to read things inside any window

    Thank you for helping me out.

    I used spy++8.
    it's the buttons text I want to read ;-)
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    Re: how to read things inside any window

    It appears to me that it's not a button. It's sorta like a list, but then there's a down arrow to bring up a menu, yes? Do you get a different window handle for a list item than for the area above the list?
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    Re: how to read things inside any window

    No handles at all, only these two I've shown.
    I came to understand that it could be windowless controls. But I can't find any VB(a) coding that does anything with it. Msdn lack also of much information!

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    Re: how to read things inside any window

    It is possible that the list isn't a separate control from the window containing the title. If it is a windowless control, then perhaps it may only be possible to read items through the use of character recognition. Although I think I read someplace that a windowless control has a window only when the user is interacting with it.
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