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Need to make F9 function key cause email to be sent

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I want to send a short email message when the F9 key is pressed. This must alsways work so someone with Windows driver experience and programming would be a good fit. Simple Press F9 message is sent.

Thanks in advance
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by:qz8dsw
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Hi stealthdeveloper,

So your after a TSR/service that will monitor/hook the F9 keyboard event and send an e-mail when it happens.
What programming language?
What exactly is it for?
And who will support it when written?

Terry
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by:qz8dsw
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Hi stealthdeveloper,

Oh, and it doesn't need to be a driver.
A driver is for communicating with hardware.
Also how will it send the mail?
SMTP/Exchange/via outlook (To save it in the sent items)
Are the settings for the mail server static or should they be gotten off the machine it's running on?

Theres alot of questions that need answering before such a thing can be built.
I like your key choice though. F9 in VB is used to set a break point so you can debug your code.
Could be interesting debugging it if it send an e-mail every time you set a breakpoint on and off.

Heres a VB6 sample about keyboard hooking.
http://vbnet.mvps.org/index.html?code/hooks/lowlevelkeyboardproc.htm

Heres one about sending e-mail via VB6
http://www.devarticles.com/c/a/Visual-Basic/Fun-with-Email-VB6-CDO-MAPI/

And two about how to create a service.
http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.Asp?ID=4317
http://www.vbrad.com/article.aspx?id=92
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dkraatz earned 125 total points
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Hi stealthdeveloper,

I'm not so sure the F9 key is the way to go with this one.  Especially if you are using Outlook 2003.  The F9 key is already setup in Outlook 2003 to do the send, and recieve function.  If you are programing this into a application I suggest looking at this article.

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-3513_11-5850937.html

I have used this before in some of my applications.  It works great if you hide a button on the form and set the shortcut key to F9.
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by:dkraatz
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Oh sorry I almost forgot that if you do use this in Outlook 2003 it will cause the stupid virus warning to open causing a yes/no response need by the person using the program.  Also I was asuming that you are doing this with Visual Basic.  If you want the code I used I will post it on here for you.
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