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Entry of foreign characters, even if there is no numeric keypad

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For my job, I often have to enter accented foreign characters. The normal Windows method is while pressing Alt, typing a numeric code in the numeric keypad with numlock on. But then, you have to make sure your numlock is on, or the result of your typing may be unpredictable! And if you are using a laptop or a tablet with a tablet keyboard, there is no numeric keypad.

What this script does:

It waits for Win-F6 to start capturing numeric keypress events. The pressed keys are not written, the typed characters are queued. When 4 numbers are queued, the corresponding foreign character is sent to the app.

Also there are a lot of characters, and I don't always remember the numeric code I need. So if I press Win-F7, a gui is displayed, it allows me to pick my font, and I can copy the character I need from there and paste it in my running app.

To compile or run the code, you will have to use the beta run/beta compile etc with autoit or better.

And many thanks to Mikell for his help. Enjoy!


Edited by Melba23
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You can just make an input in a loop...maybe use a hotkey to bring up the input:

ClipPut(Chr(InputBox("chrs","add in character code...it will save to buffer")))

example, add 0252 will output: ü

Edited by jdelaney

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You're right, of course, and there would have been less effort creating that kind of script.

I could also have the Windows character map app running, so I can copy and paste the characters I need. No script needed for that.

But if you have to enter a lot of those characters, IMO my system works better.

This hotkey/keyboard hook method allows me to enter them directly from inside the app I'm typing into. Fewer steps, more seamless, I like that.

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Although I realise ths was not what you intended, what you posted was a keylogger, pure and simple. Please read this announcement to learn what is and is not acceptable here. :naughty:


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ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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