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I need a way to disable the shortcut Ctrl-esc. I have ways to disable all system keys, but I'm not interested in disableling the other system keys, such as Alt-Tab

I must also be able to reenable them again !
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Question by:carceri
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by:JPiispa
ID: 1342700
Put on your form keypreview = True

then

procedure TAsrekForm.FormKeyPress(Sender: TObject; var Key: Char);
begin
 If Key=#13 then
  if (Activecontrol is TDBEdit) or (Activecontrol is TEdit) then
  begin
   Key:=#0;
   Perform(WM_NextDlgCtl, 0, 0);
  end
end;

This one makes Enter key look like Tab key. Now you just have to look if CTRL and Esc has been presses and put it Key:=#0;

Enabling/disablign like this
if prevent then Key:=#0;

where prevent is boolean variable.


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by:Roadrunner100598
ID: 1342701
Does this really work?

I think windows will intercept the shortcut before your form gets it.
This code should not work...!
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by:Roadrunner100598
ID: 1342702
Hello carceri,

that's a good question... gave me two hours of fun with API and hooks...

After playing with some API functions I finally have a solution that seems to work on my system (NT4). It involves using a hook function and intercepting via WH_CBT the WM_SYSCOMMAND only for the ProgMan window.

I will mail in the code as well, if you need it...
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by:carceri
ID: 1342703
Well... thanks JPiispa, but as Roadrunner says, Windows will intercept the shortcut before the form gets it.

And to Roadrunner: Yes I had the feeling that it needed some API coding. If you have some code, I'll would appreciate it a lot if you could mail it in as an answer here, so others can benefit from it as well

Thanks
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Roadrunner100598 earned 280 total points
ID: 1342704
Hello carceri,

here it comes...
----------------------------------------------------
library HookDll;

{$C FIXED PERMANENT PRELOAD}

uses
  WinProcs,
  SysUtils;

const
  hHookCBT : THandle = 0;

function CBTHookFunc(nCode: Integer; wparam: WPARAM; lparam: LPARAM): LRESULT stdcall;
begin
  if nCode=HCBT_SYSCOMMAND then begin
    messagebeep(-1);
    Result:=1; { removes message }
    end
  else
    { call next hook in chain }
    Result:=CallNextHookEx(hHookCBT, nCode, wParam, lParam);
end;

procedure InstallCBTHook; EXPORT;
var
  hLib : THandle;
  hProgMan : HWnd;
begin
  hLib:=GetModuleHandle('HookDll');
  if (hHookCBT=0) then begin
    hProgMan:=FindWindow('Progman', NIL);
    hHookCBT:=SetWindowsHookEx(WH_CBT, @CBTHookFunc, hLib,
                               GetWindowThreadProcessId(hProgMan, nil));
  end;
end;

procedure RemoveCBTHook; EXPORT;
begin
  if (hHookCBT<>0) then begin
    UnhookWindowsHookEx(hHookCBT);
    hHookCBT:=0;
  end;
end;

EXPORTS
  InstallCBTHook,
  RemoveCBTHook;

end.
----------------------------------------------------

Use this DLL within your program. InstallCBTHook enables the hook function.
All messages to the ProgMan class (I hope that classname stayed the same for Win95/98) are intercepted and if the message was a WM_SYSCOMMAND it will not be handed on to the ProgMan Window.

Therefore the ctrl-ESC and [Win95] shortcuts are disabled, but taskswitching via alt-TAB or the mouse still works.

If anyone has additional information about the PrgMan-class please comment.


Roadrunner
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by:carceri
ID: 1342705
Thanks, that was just what I needed !
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