Controlling applications via sendkeys

With sendkeys (Python/Pywin32 uses WScript from Windows Scripting Host) one can control applications via shortcuts. eg.

This example first opens Microsoft Outlook, takes the first element, marks the full text and takes it into the clipboard (CTRL + C).

Here is a list of WScript-commands:

Key Argument
BACKSPACE {BACKSPACE}, {BS}, or {BKSP}
BREAK {BREAK}
CAPS LOCK {CAPSLOCK}
DEL or DELETE {DELETE} or {DEL}
DOWN ARROW {DOWN}
END {END}
ENTER {ENTER} or ~
ESC {ESC}
HELP {HELP}
HOME {HOME}
INS or INSERT {INSERT} or {INS}
LEFT ARROW {LEFT}
NUM LOCK {NUMLOCK}
PAGE DOWN {PGDN}
PAGE UP {PGUP}
PRINT SCREEN {PRTSC}
RIGHT ARROW {RIGHT}
SCROLL LOCK {SCROLLLOCK}
TAB {TAB}
UP ARROW {UP}
F1 {F1}
F2 {F2}
F3 {F3}
F4 {F4}
F5 {F5}
F6 {F6}
F7 {F7}
F8 {F8}
F9 {F9}
F10 {F10}
F11 {F11}
F12 {F12}
F13 {F13}
F14 {F14}
F15 {F15}
F16 {F16}

Steuerung, Shift, ALT und Enter werden wie folgt gesendet:

 

Key Special Character
SHIFT +
CTRL ^
ALT %
ENTER ~

The documentation of Sendkeys you can find at Microsoft.

One Reply to “Controlling applications via sendkeys”

  1. Hi thanks for this example 🙂 But you need to add a short delay (sleep(seconds)) before each shell.SendKeys command.
    Because Outlook isn’t that fast to open a email immediately and copy a text that fast.

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