Key loger

Posted on 1998-10-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-30
How do you get a form that does not have focus to "see" what keys are being pressed. I want to make a key loger. I have done this and I tryed to use it but as soon as the form lost focus it stoped logging keys pressed. Please help.
Question by:rpg_rpg
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I needed the same functions in my printscreen utility. The API-Call you need is GetAsyncKeyState ...

Here is my example:
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Public Declare Function GetKeyboardState Lib "user32" (kbArray As KeyboardBytes) As Long
Public Declare Function SetKeyboardState Lib "user32" (kbArray As KeyboardBytes) As Long
Public Declare Function GetKeyState Lib "user32" (ByVal nVirtKey As Long) As Integer

Public Declare Function GetAsyncKeyState Lib "user32" (ByVal vKey As Long) As Integer
Public Declare Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" (ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long)

Public Type KeyboardBytes
    kbByte(0 To 255) As Byte
End Type

Public kbArray As KeyboardBytes
Public Const VK_SNAPSHOT = &H2C
Public Const VK_ALT = &H12

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        If (GetAsyncKeyState(VK_SNAPSHOT)) Then
            If (GetAsyncKeyState(VK_ALT)) Then
                MsgBox "Alt And Print pressed"
                MsgBox "Print pressed"
            End If
            kbArray.kbByte(VK_SNAPSHOT) = 0
            kbArray.kbByte(VK_ALT) = 0
            SetKeyboardState kbArray
        End If
        Sleep 25

Don´t forget the DoEvents and the sleep, because the endless-loop this would be important for the performance of you app.

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ID: 1441118
This is really close. But I am not real versed in API. If you could please tell me how to "see" a certen key other then print and alt+print. What is &H2C  and &H12 mean and how did you get those values? I hope you are not mad at my slowness. I know this is a good example. I just don't get it. Thanks...
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The hexadecimal values are the constants for virtual keys. If you can´t find the definition of the virtual keys in your help-file or the api-text viewer (in constants) post your e-mail adress and i´ll mail it to you.


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Gee... now I really feal dumb... I looked in both places and loaded all aviable files with the api-text viewer and could not find anything at all. Please send email to        

If I had any more points to give you I would. Thanks again...

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ID: 1441121
I just sent you the definitions...

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Thanks a lot. I got it to work! Sorry for all the extra work I put you through. You did great. If there was a higher grade or I had more points I would give them to you!!!! OH... You need to answer with some thing... Go ahead.

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with some thing...


fine that it works!

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