Keyboard Class

Keyboard Class

Provides properties for accessing the current state of the keyboard, such as what keys are currently pressed, and provides a method to send keystrokes to the active window.

Namespace:  Microsoft.VisualBasic.Devices
Assembly:  Microsoft.VisualBasic (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Resources = HostProtectionResource.ExternalProcessMgmt)]
public class Keyboard


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: Resources. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

For more detailed information, see the Visual Basic topic My.Computer.Keyboard Object.

The My.Computer.Keyboard object provides an interface to the computer's keyboard. The properties of the My.Computer.Keyboard provide information about the state of several special keys. The My.Computer.Keyboard.SendKeys method lets you send keys to the active window as if they have been typed at the keyboard.

This example uses the My.Computer.Keyboard.CtrlKeyDown property to determine if the computer's CTRL key is pressed.

If My.Computer.Keyboard.CtrlKeyDown Then
    MsgBox("CTRL key down")
    MsgBox("CTRL key up")
End If


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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