Retrieves the text from the specified window.

Text := WinGetText(WinTitle, WinText, ExcludeTitle, ExcludeText)



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 window.

Error Handling

A TargetError is thrown if the window could not be found.

An Error is thrown if there was a problem retrieving the window's text.


The text retrieved is generally the same as what Window Spy shows for that window. However, if DetectHiddenText has been turned off, hidden text is omitted from the return value.

Each text element ends with a carriage return and linefeed (CR+LF), which can be represented in the script as `r`n. To extract individual lines or substrings, use functions such as InStr and SubStr. A parsing loop can also be used to examine each line or word one by one.

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 window (e.g. an editor with a large document open) contains a large quantity of text. To avoid this, it might be possible to retrieve only portions of the window's text by using ControlGetText instead. In any case, a variable's memory can be freed later by assigning it to nothing, i.e. Text := "".

To retrieve a list of all controls in a window, follow this example: Controls := WinGetControls(WinTitle)

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

ControlGetText, WinGetTitle, WinGetPos


Opens the calculator, waits until it exists, and retrieves and reports its text.

Run "calc.exe"
WinWait "Calculator"
MsgBox "The text is:`n" WinGetText() ; Use the window found by WinWait.