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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/CPP/Q_22981302.html#a20346828

I tried to read these

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms646260.aspx
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms646304.aspx


VOID keybd_event(      
    BYTE bVk,
    BYTE bScan,
    DWORD dwFlags,
    PTR dwExtraInfo
);




VOID mouse_event(      
    DWORD dwFlags,
    DWORD dx,
    DWORD dy,
    DWORD dwData,
    ULONG_PTR dwExtraInfo
);


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E.g.

// Simulating a Alt+Tab keystroke
keybd_event(VK_MENU,0xb8,0 , 0); //Alt Press
keybd_event(VK_TAB,0x8f,0 , 0); // Tab Press
keybd_event(VK_TAB,0x8f, KEYEVENTF_KEYUP,0); // Tab Release
keybd_event(VK_MENU,0xb8,KEYEVENTF_KEYUP,0); // Alt Release

See the artivle at http://www.codeproject.com/system/keyboard.asp ("Keyboard Events Simulation using keybd_event() function") for more in-depth information.

For the mouse, that would be

 mouse_event(MOUSEEVENTF_LEFTDOWN, 0, 0, 0, GetMessageExtraInfo()); // Left Key Down
 mouse_event(MOUSEEVENTF_LEFTUP, 0, 0, 0, GetMessageExtraInfo()); // Left Key UP
 
 mouse_event(MOUSEEVENTF_RIGHTDOWN, 0, 0, 0, GetMessageExtraInfo()); // Right Key Down
 mouse_event(MOUSEEVENTF_RIGHTUP, 0, 0, 0, GetMessageExtraInfo()); // Right Key Up

You'd usually specify mouse coordinates as teh 2nd and 3rd parameter.
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is it possible to tell mouse to move across the screen, not an instance move?
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Yes, for that you'd use 'SetCursorPos()' (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms648394.aspx), e.g.

for (int i = 0; i < 100; ++i) {

  SetCursorPos(i,200);
}
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by:Troudeloup
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wow a loop

oh boy this will be fun

I have to write loops to move mouse in a straight line!
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Well, the above line would already do that vertically. to move horizontally, use

for (int i = 0; i < 100; ++i) {

  SetCursorPos(200,i);
}
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