Re: Sending WM_COPY message to IE.

"AliR \(VC++ MVP\)" <AliR@online.nospam>
Thu, 29 Mar 2007 16:09:55 GMT
As far as I remember WM_COPY only works for Edit and ComboBoxes.

If all else fails you can always queue up Ctrl+C to the keyboard buffer.

   INPUT Inputs[4];

   Inputs[0].type = INPUT_KEYBOARD;
   Inputs[0].ki.wVk = VK_CONTROL;

   Inputs[1].type = INPUT_KEYBOARD;
   Inputs[1].ki.wVk = 'C';

   Inputs[2] = Inputs[1];
   Inputs[2].ki.dwFlags = KEYEVENTF_KEYUP;

   Inputs[3] = Inputs[0];
   Inputs[3].ki.dwFlags = KEYEVENTF_KEYUP;

   UINT Ret = SendInput(4,Inputs,sizeof(INPUT));


"Ricardo Vazquez" <> wrote in message

Hello everybody,

In short:
Sending WM_COPY message from my app to Word, Excel or Notepad works. But
sending it to Internet Explorer, Firefox or Outlook Express does not work:
the clipboard remains unchanged.

In long:
I'm writting the following application:
- no visible user interface
- when the user is over any text on any other app (Word, Access, Internet
Explorer, Outlook...), he selects a telephone number, he presses F9, and
the computer will make the call to that number for him.
(Image you are browsing a hotel's site, you want to contact it, on the web
page you see the phone to call, so you just select it and press F9! I find
it nice)

? There's no problem from the telephony point of view (CTI).
? I'm also able to "listen" that the user has pressed F9, no matter which
application had the focus (I hook the WM_CHAR message of any window using
the idea found here:
? And I can also send a WM_COPY message to that window where F9 has been
pressed, so that I load the selected text up to the clipboard. (code
? Then I can retrieve the content of the clipboard (code found here: and, if it is a
phone number, I order the makeCall.

My problem is, as I said:
This works fine with MS Word, Excel, Notepad... BUT sending WM_COPY
message to Internet Explorer, Firefox & Outlook Express does not work: the
clipboard remains unchanged.
I also tried to send this message recursively not only to the actual
focused window, but also to all of its parents. But it still does not
I also tried to PostMessage, instead of SendMessage, but this didn't work

Are these applications somehow "protected" against sending messages to
their message-queues?
Any ideas on how could I solve my problem or a better approach?

Thank you!

Ricardo V?zquez.
Madrid, Spain.

(as you see most of it is commented out: I tried so many messages to
This works fine with: Notepad, MS Word & Excel
but it doesn't work with: Internet Explorer, Firefox & Outlook express)

 HWND hTemp = m_hWinInFocus;
 while(hTemp = ::GetParent(hTemp));


BOOL CHookF9::sendCtrlCopy(HWND wnd)

::SendMessage(wnd, WM_KEYDOWN, 0x11, 0x1D0001);
::SendMessage(wnd, WM_KEYDOWN, 0x11, 0x401D0001);
::SendMessage(wnd, WM_KEYDOWN, 0x43, 0x2E0001);
::SendMessage(wnd, WM_CHAR, 0x3, 0x2E0001);
::SendMessage(wnd, WM_KEYUP, 0x43, 0xC02E0001);
::SendMessage(wnd, WM_KEYUP, 0x11, 0xC01D0001);

::SendMessage(wnd, WM_COPY, 0x00, 0x00);

bRes = ::PostMessage(wnd, WM_KEYDOWN, 0x11, 0x1D0001);
if (!bRes) return FALSE;
bRes = ::PostMessage(wnd, WM_KEYDOWN, 0x11, 0x401D0001);
if (!bRes) return FALSE;
bRes = ::PostMessage(wnd, WM_KEYDOWN, 0x43, 0x2E0001);
if (!bRes) return FALSE;
bRes = ::PostMessage(wnd, WM_CHAR, 0x3, 0x2E0001);
if (!bRes) return FALSE;
bRes = ::PostMessage(wnd, WM_KEYUP, 0x43, 0xC02E0001);
if (!bRes) return FALSE;
bRes = ::PostMessage(wnd, WM_KEYUP, 0x11, 0xC01D0001);
if (!bRes) return FALSE;
bRes = ::PostMessage(wnd, WM_COPY, 0x00, 0x00);
if (!bRes) return FALSE;

return TRUE;

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