Controlling An External Windows Program From A Delphi App

Posted on 2004-08-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-05
Not sure if this is possible, but if you don't ask... :)

I want to call Winamp from my application and play some music while my app waits for Winamp to finish. This I have already done.

When the music ends and Winamp closes, control passes back to my app. This is OK, but what I want to do is to be able to press say the X key and close Winamp before the music has finished.

First thoughts suggest that it's not possible as my app loses focus when Winamp (set to Always On Top) is running, so there's nothing to process keystrokes. Am I right in thinking that pressing X would be intercepted by Winamp? If so, there doesn't appear to be a keyboard shortcut to exit Winamp (in the version I'm using anyway).

Any suggestions?

Question by:tdk_man
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Author Comment

ID: 11732484
Oops, sorry - forgot to mention that the Winamp video screen is also open (full screen) at the same time, so both Winamp and my app are hidden behind it and using the mouse to close it isn't an option.


Expert Comment

ID: 11732741
Hi tdk_man,

Why don't you use Winamp's SDK?  It has commands for doing all sorts of stuff in it.



Expert Comment

ID: 11733021
What you are talking about is keyboard hooking. A simple way to do this is to assign using the following component libary, a hotkey (ctrl-x etc) so that no matter where you are when you press those keys an event is triggered in your application - you can get this component libary from:

Use the hotkey component to assign a hotkey. Assign an event so you can close winamp or perform whatever action


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ID: 11733249

Author Comment

ID: 11735320
Thanks for the info everyone, but the common problem seems to be that once Winamp has started, focus has been lost from my program and I cannot detect that a key has been pressed.

Once I can detect that I've pressed say the 'Q' key I can tell Winamp to close sending a message using FindWindow... I hope! :)

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Accepted Solution

geobul earned 500 total points
ID: 11736164

1. Add a timer on your form, set its Interval to 50 and Enabled to False.
2. Before running Winamp set
  Timer1.Enabled := true;
3. Add the code below in OnTimer event:

procedure TForm1.Timer1Timer(Sender: TObject);
  if ((GetAsyncKeyState($51) and 1) = 1) then begin // 'Q' has been pressed
      // do whatever you want here to close Winamp
      Timer1.Enabled := false; // stop the timer

Regards, Geo

Author Comment

ID: 11740660
Thanks for that geobul - just what I was after!

Info on closing the Winamp program itself I got after a quick search of past answers on EE and was amazed to find that the accepted answer was posted by my own son back in January 2000!

For anyone interested, it's done without the SDK with:

Sendmessage(hwndParent, WM_Close,0,0);


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