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I have an Autohotkey script which opens and closes a pop-out command line similar to the Quake console dropdown. When I close it, however, it places focus on the taskbar. How can I instead return focus to the top window in the stack?

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add a final ALT+Tab ? –  Olivier Dulac Jan 7 '13 at 17:19
    
@OlivierDulac I tried that, that takes it to the second window in the stack. I suppose I could do two alt-tabs, but that's an ugly kludge. –  SaintWacko Jan 7 '13 at 17:20
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Instead of alttab, use shiftalttab. That return you to the previous focus program, instead of the next.

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That takes me to the bottom window in the stack. –  SaintWacko Jan 7 '13 at 18:40
    
Then try alt-tab, then shift-alt-tab. But seems it will be faster to use just the mouse to click the program on the task bar. –  John Siu Jan 7 '13 at 18:43
    
Exactly why I'm looking for something to put in the AHK script to return focus to it. –  SaintWacko Jan 7 '13 at 18:44
    
In your AHK script, can you use WinGetActiveTitle to get the active window before opening the pop-up, then use WinActivate to switch back after? –  John Siu Jan 7 '13 at 18:49
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WinGet, ActiveId, ID, A
WinWaitNotActive, ahk_id %ActiveId%
WinActivate, ahk_id %ActiveId%
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The only problem with this is that my console window is set to stay on top, and is semi-transparent, so I can still work on other windows while it is up. Because of this, the window that is on top of the stack when I finish with the console may not be the same window that was active when I opened it. –  SaintWacko Jan 7 '13 at 18:54
    
I'm hoping for a way to access the Windows API and get the ID of the window on top of the stack. –  SaintWacko Jan 7 '13 at 18:57
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