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Language: VB4/32,VB5,VB6
Expertise: Intermediate
Jan 8, 2000

Open Windows's Start menu

By simulating the pressing of the "Windows" menu - or better yet, of the Ctrl-Escape key combination, which also works on older keyboards - you can programmatically bring up the Start menu. You can't use the SendKeys function to do so, though, and you have to resort to the keybd_event API function:

Private Declare Sub keybd_event Lib "user32" (ByVal bVk As Byte, _
    ByVal bScan As Byte, ByVal dwFlags As Long, ByVal dwExtraInfo As Long)
Private Const KEYEVENTF_KEYUP = &H2

' Press the Ctrl-Esc key
keybd_event vbKeyControl, 0, 0, 0
keybd_event vbKeyEscape, 0, 0, 0
DoEvents

' Release the two keys
keybd_event vbKeyControl, 0, KEYEVENTF_KEYUP, 0
keybd_event vbKeyEscape, 0, KEYEVENTF_KEYUP, 0
DoEvents

Francesco Balena
 
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