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sendkeys for windows key + m ???

Posted on 2003-11-21
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Hi

Actualy I couldn't find something like 'sendkeys winkey+m'  on the net. May be there's another way using ASCII-Codes or so... Anyway the object is to minimize all application windows. Please note that I'm programming in excel and that I want to minimize all application windows not the workbooks-windows...

*mg
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You could use the keybd event API,but it will minimize all apps:

' declarations
Private Declare Sub keybd_event Lib "user32" (ByVal bVk As Byte, ByVal bScan As Byte, ByVal dwFlags As Long, ByVal dwExtraInfo As Long)
Const KEYEVENTF_KEYUP = &H2
Const VK_LWIN = &H5B


'  usage
    Call keybd_event(VK_LWIN, 0, 0, 0)
    Call keybd_event(77, 0, 0, 0) ' 77 = M
    Call keybd_event(VK_LWIN, 0, KEYEVENTF_KEYUP, 0)
    Call keybd_event(77, 0, KEYEVENTF_KEYUP, 0)
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hearing...
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After call vinnyd's code,

application.WindowState=xlNormal
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Hi,

I tried the API-Code but it isn't working. I receive the follow error-message:

Compile error: Only comments may appear after End Sub, End Function, End Property..

What I need to do?
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the code is working... Thx Vinnyd

Unfortunately my idea with win+m isn't working. Actually I've a window from an other application for which I need to have the focus.
For example: I have window called PS/nVision. Is it possible to control this window over its name? (API)

I'll double the point if there is a solution for this.

Thx mg

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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Use findwindow api to locate the desired window and ShowWindow to give it the focus.

Private Declare Function FindWindow Lib "user32" Alias "FindWindowA" (ByVal lpClassName As String, ByVal lpWindowName As String) As Long

Private Declare Function ShowWindow Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal nCmdShow As Long) As Long


dim ret as long

ret=findwindow(vbnullstring,"Window caption goes here")
ShowWindow ret,vbnormalfocus


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