Let's say I have a chat window open in a web browser, and I'm waiting for a message from my partner, trying to do something else in the meantime. The chat window (not an installed program) will not alert me of an incoming message, nor will the task bar flash or anything.
Is there any utility that can watch a window in the background and do something (make a sound, bring the window to front) if there is a change? I found AutoHotKey, using a script called livewindows.ahk, which will show a piece of the window anywhere on the screen, so I can watch the chat window, but it won't alert me on a change. I'm not skilled enough to reprogram that script, so that it would compare the contents against the initial state.
Maybe someone has invented this wheel?
Thanks in advance for any hint or advice.
It sounds like you're using an instant messaging program. If so, I would find a different program. For example, Trillian does what you're asking for and connects to several major networks.