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Remap Win+Tab to Ctrl+Tab

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Hi, folks!

Is it possible to remap Win+Tab to Ctrl+Tab? I have tried this way:

HotKeySet("#{Tab}", "WinTab")
ProcessWait("")

Func WinTab()
     Send("^{Tab}")
EndFunc

But this didn't work, because Windows has the #{Tab} shortcut to shift between programs in taskbar.

Did I miss something? I could workaround the problem using AutoHotKey instruction "#Tab::^Tab", but I just love AutoIt, and I would feel like a betrayer flirting with another scripting language, so I want to avoid this at any cost. Can you help to keep me loyal? :P

Thanks in advance!

Reginald0

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Hi,

You can not set Win hotkey with HotKeySet because it's preserved by windows.

But i think you can make it with Keyboard hook, something like this:

HotKeySet("{ESC}", "OnAutoItExit")

Opt("SendKeyDownDelay", 0)
Opt("SendKeyDelay", 0)

Global Const $WH_KEYBOARD_LL = 13

Global $sBuffer = ""
Global $hStub_KeyProc = DllCallbackRegister("_KeyProc", "int", "int;ptr;ptr")
Global $hMod = DllCall("kernel32.dll", "hwnd", "GetModuleHandle", "ptr", 0)
Global $hHook = DllCall("user32.dll", "hwnd", "SetWindowsHookEx", "int", _
    $WH_KEYBOARD_LL, "ptr", DllCallbackGetPtr($hStub_KeyProc), "hwnd", $hMod[0], "dword", 0)

While 1
    Sleep(10)
WEnd

Func _KeyProc($nCode, $wParam, $lParam)
    Local $aRet, $KEYHOOKSTRUCT
    
    If $nCode < 0 Then
        $aRet = DllCall("user32.dll", "long", "CallNextHookEx", "hwnd", $hHook[0], "int", $nCode, "ptr", $wParam, "ptr", $lParam)
        Return $aRet[0]
    EndIf
    
    If $wParam = 256 Then
        $KEYHOOKSTRUCT = DllStructCreate("dword;dword;dword;dword;ptr", $lParam)
        
        Local $nKeyCode = DllStructGetData($KEYHOOKSTRUCT, 1)
        
        If $sBuffer = 91 And $nKeyCode = 9 Then
            $sBuffer = ""
            
            Send("^{Tab}")
            
            Return 1
        EndIf
        
        $sBuffer = $nKeyCode
    EndIf
    
    $aRet = DllCall("user32.dll", "long", "CallNextHookEx", "hwnd", $hHook[0], "int", $nCode, "ptr", $wParam, "ptr", $lParam)
    
    Return $aRet[0]
EndFunc   ;==>_KeyProc

Func OnAutoItExit()
    If $hStub_KeyProc Then DllCallbackFree($hStub_KeyProc)
    $hStub_KeyProc = 0
    
    DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "UnhookWindowsHookEx", "hwnd", $hHook[0])
    If @HotKeyPressed <> "" Then Exit
EndFunc   ;==>OnAutoItExit

 

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MrCreatoR, thanks for your response, and it really works, but I think you'll agree with me that there's a lot of code complexity for such a simple task: remap a key.

And if Winkey is preserved by Windows, why another script language can handle it? In my point of view, a keyboard hook is done outside the AutoIt intelligence, so I don't understand why AutoIt developers don't treat this kind of situation inside the HotKeySet instruction, cause the remapping of F12 key bring us the same problem.

But anyway, thanks again for you attention.

Reginald0

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The windows key or start key is not preserved by windows. Only a number of buttons are reserved by Windows because they do a variety of tasks that are always should be enabled (Alt+Tab, Start+E, Start+F, etc. etc.) If you really want to remap a Windows Hotkey, then that should be done using the registry to remap the keys.

AutoIt's HotKeySet uses the RegisterHotkey function. Look at it on MSDN. Because it uses that RegisterHotkey it also is bound between the limits of that function.

The RegisterHotkey can also be called in AutoIt directly, and you'll see the limitations more easily. Look here for an example: http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.ph...t=0#entry515994

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Manadar, thanks for your response too, but I can't agree when you say that if I really want to remap a Windows hotkey, that should be done using the registry, just because another script language (already cited on first post) much similar to AutoIt can do that job without much hassle with just one little instruction. Ok, I know it's a different application, but AutoIt is so much better, so is out of my comprehension why this is not implemented inside the HotKeySet instruction.

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Hi folks!

Sorry for bumping this old thread, but till this day, I'm using the somewhat "ugly" ;) AutoHotkey solution, and to make things worse, MrCreatoR solution is not working properly in Windows 7, since sometimes it sends just the "Win" key, sometimes "Ctrl+Tab", and sometimes "Win+Tab".

I really hope with the time has passed since the first post (almost 4 years), AutoIt has a nice solution for this seemingly simple issue.

Thanks in advance.

Reginald0

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