Retrieves text from a control.

Text := ControlGetText(Control , WinTitle, WinText, ExcludeTitle, ExcludeText)



Type: String, Integer or Object

The control's ClassNN, text or HWND, or an object with a Hwnd property. For details, see The Control Parameter.


Type: String, Integer or Object

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


Type: String

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.


Type: String

Windows whose titles include this value will not be considered.


Type: String

Windows whose text include this value will not be considered.

Return Value

Type: String

This function returns the text of the specified control.

Error Handling

An exception is thrown on failure, or if the window or control could not be found.


Note: To retrieve text from a ListView, ListBox, or ComboBox, use ListViewGetContent or ControlGetItems instead.

If the retrieved text appears to be truncated (incomplete), it may be necessary to retrieve the text by sending the WM_GETTEXT message via SendMessage instead. This is because some applications do not respond properly to the WM_GETTEXTLENGTH message, which causes AutoHotkey to make the return value too small to fit all the text.

This function might use a large amount of RAM if the target control (e.g. an editor with a large document open) contains a large quantity of text. However, a variable's memory can be freed after use by assigning it to nothing, i.e. Text := "".

Text retrieved from most control types uses carriage return and linefeed (`r`n) rather than a solitary linefeed (`n) to mark the end of each line.

It is not necessary to do SetTitleMatchMode "Slow" because ControlGetText always retrieves the text using the slow method (since it works on a broader range of control types).

To retrieve a list of all controls in a window, use WinGetControls or WinGetControlsHwnd.

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


ControlSetText, WinGetText, Control functions



Text := ControlGetText("Edit1", "Untitled -")