GetKeyState

Windows Mobile 6.5
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4/8/2010

This function retrieves the status of the specified virtual key. The status specifies whether the key is up, down, or toggled on or off — alternating each time the key is pressed.


SHORT GetKeyState( 
 int nVirtKey 
);

nVirtKey

[in] Specifies a virtual key. If the desired virtual key is a letter or digit (A through Z, a through z, or 0 through 9), nVirtKey must be set to the ASCII value of that character. For other keys, it must be a virtual-key code.

If a non-English keyboard layout is used, virtual keys with values in the range ASCII A through Z and 0 through 9 are used to specify most of the character keys. For example, for the German keyboard layout, the virtual key of value ASCII O (0x4F) refers to the "o" key, whereas VK_OEM_1 refers to the "o with umlaut" key.

The return value specifies the status of the specified virtual key, as follows:

  • If the high-order bit is 1, the key is down; otherwise, it is up.
  • If the low-order bit is 1, the key is toggled. A key, such as the CAPS LOCK key, is toggled if it is turned on. The key is off and untoggled if the low-order bit is 0. A toggle key's indicator light (if any) on the keyboard will be on when the key is toggled, and off when the key is untoggled.

The GetKeyState function can be used to check the down state of the following virtual keys:

VK_CONTROL

VK_RCONTROL

VK_LCONTROL

VK_RMENU

VK_LSHIFT

VK_RSHIFT

VK_LMENU

VK_SHIFT

VK_MENU

 

For Windows CE 1.0 through 2.01, GetKeyState is used to check the toggled state of the VK_CAPITAL virtual key only.

For Windows CE 2.10 and later, the toggle state of the VK_NUMLOCK virtual key can also be checked.

The key status returned from this function changes as a specified thread reads key messages from its message queue. The status does not reflect the interrupt-level state associated with the hardware. Use the GetAsyncKeyState function to retrieve that information.

An application calls GetKeyState in response to a keyboard-input message. This function retrieves the state of the key when the input message was generated.

An application can use the virtual-key code constants VK_SHIFT, VK_CONTROL, and VK_MENU as values for the nVirtKey parameter. This gives the status of the SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT keys without distinguishing between left and right. An application can also use the following virtual-key code constants as values for nVirtKey to distinguish between the left and right instances of those keys:

VK_LSHIFT

VK_RSHIFT

VK_LCONTROL

VK_RCONTROL

VK_LMENU

VK_RMENU

These left- and right-distinguishing constants are available to an application only through the GetAsyncKeyState, GetKeyState, and MapVirtualKey functions.

Headerwinuser.h
LibraryKbdui.lib
Windows Embedded CEWindows CE 1.0 and later
Windows MobileWindows Mobile Version 5.0 and later

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