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Using SendKeys to send Ctrl_c

Posted on 2007-03-17
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Why in the world doesn't this work

    Clipboard.Clear
    SendKeys "^c", True ' Ctrl_c ???
    MsgBox Clipboard.GetText
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Question by:Martin Liss
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Mike Tomlinson earned 200 total points
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How are you firing that code?

If, for instance, you fired it in a button click:

    Private Sub Command1_Click()
        Clipboard.Clear
        SendKeys "^c", True ' Ctrl_c ???
        MsgBox Clipboard.GetText
    End Sub

Then the BUTTON would have focus last and there would be nothing to copy...therefore returning a blank string.

If you set focus onto something else first though, like a TextBox...then you get very different results:

    Private Sub Command1_Click()
        Text1.SetFocus
        Text1.SelStart = 0
        Text1.SelLength = Len(Text1.Text)
        Clipboard.Clear
        SendKeys "^c", True ' Ctrl_c ???
        MsgBox Clipboard.GetText
    End Sub
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by:Martin Liss
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Thanks.
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