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Can HotKeySet() Capture the Keyboard's Power (/Sleep/StandBy) Key?

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Hi all

I have just bought a new keyboard and mouse combo,
it's the Logitech MK295:



(really nice keyboard and mouse BTW.
I like how they look, and the keyboard's keys are really quiet. Definitely an improvement over my older keyboard)


On the top part of the keyboard, there are 8 additional keys:



I created HotKeySet()s for each one of them, and this is how I managed to map them:

HotKeySet("{MEDIA_PLAY_PAUSE}"  ,"ApplicationLauncher")
HotKeySet("{VOLUME_MUTE}"       ,"ApplicationLauncher")
HotKeySet("{VOLUME_DOWN}"       ,"ApplicationLauncher")
HotKeySet("{VOLUME_UP}"         ,"ApplicationLauncher")

HotKeySet("{BROWSER_HOME}"      ,"ApplicationLauncher")
HotKeySet("{LAUNCH_MAIL}"       ,"ApplicationLauncher")
HotKeySet("{SLEEP}"             ,"ApplicationLauncher")     ;The only one that doesn't work
HotKeySet("{LAUNCH_APP2}"       ,"ApplicationLauncher")


So out of 8 keys, I successfully capture 7 of them,
and the only one I have a problem with, is the 7th one - the one with the Power icon and "PC" label.

"{SLEEP}" doesn't seem to capture it..

I wonder, is there another key name that I should try,
or does it happen because Windows so strongly hooks that key,that AutoIt cannot capture it?


some additional info that might help:

When I go to Control Panel -> Power Options,
and switch to the "Advanced" tab,
then the setting that handles this key is this:


Originally it was set to "Stand by",
and indeed whenpressing that 7th key, the computer would go to Sleep (not Hibernate).

After I changed it to "Do nothing", as can be seen in the screenshot,
then indeed that key does nothing.

In both situations, AutoIt did not capture it..

Hopefully there's another Key Name I should try other than "{Sleep}", which didn't work..

Or, I should give up that key, and not use it with AutoIt, if it's not possible to capture it.

Thank you

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Hello, Try a keyboard map tool and check if you get it mapped.





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You can simply open the _WinAPI_SetWindowsHookEx example.  Just add a line at the very beginning of the Func EvaluateKey($iKeycode):

ConsoleWrite ($iKeyCode & @CRLF)

If it shows a code, you know that KB is sending it to computer.  But if you read carefully HotKeySet, there are a number of keys that you cannot use...

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9 hours ago, Melba23 said:

Have you never read this announcement?

Yes, I have.  And I see the violation, clearly, in retrospect.

9 hours ago, Melba23 said:

If not, then do so now and count yourself lucky I am in a generous mood.

I have reread it, and thank you.


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