[Tutor] Virtual keyboard

Alan G alan.gauld at freenet.co.uk
Thu Jul 14 12:43:36 CEST 2005

>> If you want your virtual keyboard to type in any program you will 
>> have to
>> deal with focus issues and it seems to me that would be hard, if 
>> possible.
> I do want it to type in any entry (websites, notepad and other
> programs), and thats what makes it harder. I dont think that 
> shouldnt
> be too hard as well, but I have no idea how to do it.

Assuming you are on Windows - and this is very platform specific - 
you need to access the Windows API using either winall or ctypes.

The API calls you should look at (on msdn.microsoft.com) are:


to get a handle to the window which currently has focus.

BOOL PostMessage(
    HWND hWnd,     // handle of destination window
    UINT Msg,      // message to post
    WPARAM wParam, // first message parameter
    LPARAM lParam  // second message parameter

Where Msg could be:


Which has the following wParam and lParam values:

nVirtKey = (int) wParam;    // virtual-key code
lKeyData = lParam;          // key data

So you are right its not too doifficult but does require fairly
low level access to Windows. Sufficiently so that personally I'd
build this using Delphi even though it is possible in Python!


Alan G
Author of the Learn to Program web tutor

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