WinWaitActive / WinWaitNotActive

Waits until the specified window is active or not active.

WinWaitActive , WinTitle, WinText, Timeout, ExcludeTitle, ExcludeText
WinWaitNotActive , WinTitle, WinText, Timeout, ExcludeTitle, ExcludeText



A window title or other criteria identifying the target window. See WinTitle.


If present, this parameter must be a substring from a single text element of the target window (as revealed by the included Window Spy utility). Hidden text elements are detected if DetectHiddenText is ON.


How many seconds to wait before timing out and setting ErrorLevel to 1. Leave blank to allow the command to wait indefinitely. Specifying 0 is the same as specifying 0.5. This parameter can be an expression.


Windows whose titles include this value will not be considered.


Windows whose text include this value will not be considered.


ErrorLevel is set to 1 if the command timed out or 0 otherwise.


If a matching window satisfies the command's expectation, the command will not wait for Timeout to expire. Instead, it will immediately set ErrorLevel to 0 and the script will continue executing.

Both WinWaitActive and WinWaitNotActive will update the Last Found Window if a qualified window is active when the command begins. In addition, WinWaitActive will update the Last Found Window if a qualified window becomes active before the command times out.

While the command is in a waiting state, new threads can be launched via hotkey, custom menu item, or timer.

If another thread changes the contents of any variable(s) that were used for this command's parameters, the command will not see the change -- it will continue to use the title and text that were originally present in the variables when the command first started waiting.

Window titles and text are case sensitive. Hidden windows are not detected unless DetectHiddenWindows has been turned on.

WinWait, WinWaitClose, WinExist(), WinActive(), SetTitleMatchMode, DetectHiddenWindows


Opens Notepad and waits a maximum of 2 seconds until it is active. If WinWait times out, an error message is shown, otherwise Notepad is minimized.

Run, notepad.exe
WinWaitActive, Untitled - Notepad,, 2
if ErrorLevel
    MsgBox, WinWait timed out.
    WinMinimize ; Use the window found by WinWaitActive.