RE: Sending WM_COPY message to IE.

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Mon, 2 Apr 2007 04:22:02 -0700
Without knowing the details of the implementation of the two internet
browsers you mentioned, I am allmost sure that both will ignore messages with
the attempt of copying content typed by the end user - since it is a security
consern - magine an invisible (like you say) application that is possible to
grab the information the user types in the login and password fields.

If this is the case, you will need to write a kernel mode driver to catch
the events that are ignored by the application.

"Ricardo Vazquez" wrote:

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 below)
 ?? 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 work.
I also tried to PostMessage, instead of SendMessage, but this didn't work

Are these applications somehow "protected" against sending messages to their
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 send...
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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