Keyboard Overview

The Keyboard commands allow your application to receive event notifications whenever nearly any key on the keyboard is pressed, or block certain keys from affecting your application. These commands also allow your application to simulate the pressing of keys, and to even send these key presses to other application windows.

Keyboard.sendString and Keyboard.sendChar are the highest level "key faking" functions, you just pass them a string (or a single character) and SWF Studio figure out what keystrokes need to be sent to the target application to simulate the keystrokes.

The Keyboard.sendKey function is a lower level function that allows you to send keystrokes that you can't represent as strings, like the ENTER, TAB and arrow keys.

The Keyboard.sendPress and Keyboard.sendRelease are the lowest level functions and they allow you to send key press (make) and release (break) codes for any key on the keyboard giving you an amazing amount of control over your keyboard.

The following is a list of virtual key codes that are defined by Microsoft. The numeric values of these key codes can be used when you have to specify a key parameter to one of the Keyboard functions. Most of these values can be accessed using the ssKey object in your ActionScript code, for example ssKey.VK_LBUTTON.

VK_LBUTTON = 1
VK_RBUTTON = 2
VK_CANCEL = 3
VK_MBUTTON = 4
VK_XBUTTON1 = 5
VK_XBUTTON2 = 6

VK_BACK = 8
VK_TAB = 9

VK_CLEAR = 12
VK_RETURN = 13

VK_SHIFT = 16
VK_CONTROL = 17
VK_MENU = 18
VK_PAUSE = 19
VK_CAPITAL = 20
VK_KANA = 21
VK_HANGUL = 21
VK_JUNJA = 23
VK_FINAL = 24
VK_HANJA = 25
VK_KANJI = 25

VK_ESCAPE = 27
VK_CONVERT = 28
VK_NONCONVERT = 29
VK_ACCEPT = 30
VK_MODECHANGE = 31

VK_SPACE = 32
VK_PRIOR = 33
VK_NEXT = 34
VK_END = 35
VK_HOME = 36
VK_LEFT = 37
VK_UP = 38
VK_RIGHT = 39
VK_DOWN = 40
VK_SELECT = 41
VK_PRINT = 42
VK_EXECUTE = 43
VK_SNAPSHOT = 44
VK_INSERT = 45
VK_DELETE = 46
VK_HELP = 47

VK_0 = 48
VK_1 = 49
VK_2 = 50
VK_3 = 51
VK_4 = 52
VK_5 = 53
VK_6 = 54
VK_7 = 55
VK_8 = 56
VK_9 = 57

VK_A = 65
VK_B = 66
VK_C = 67
VK_D = 68
VK_E = 69
VK_F = 70
VK_G = 71
VK_H = 72
VK_I = 73
VK_J = 74
VK_K = 75
VK_L = 76
VK_M = 77
VK_N = 78
VK_O = 79
VK_P = 80
VK_Q = 81
VK_R = 82
VK_S = 83
VK_T = 84
VK_U = 85
VK_V = 86
VK_W = 87
VK_X = 88
VK_Y = 89
VK_Z = 90

VK_LWIN = 91
VK_RWIN = 92
VK_APPS = 93

VK_SLEEP = 95

VK_NUMPAD0 = 96
VK_NUMPAD1 = 97
VK_NUMPAD2 = 98
VK_NUMPAD3 = 99
VK_NUMPAD4 = 100
VK_NUMPAD5 = 101
VK_NUMPAD6 = 102
VK_NUMPAD7 = 103
VK_NUMPAD8 = 104
VK_NUMPAD9 = 105

VK_MULTIPLY = 106
VK_ADD = 107
VK_SEPARATOR = 108
VK_SUBTRACT = 109
VK_DECIMAL = 110
VK_DIVIDE = 111

VK_F1 = 112
VK_F2 = 113
VK_F3 = 114
VK_F4 = 115
VK_F5 = 116
VK_F6 = 117
VK_F7 = 118
VK_F8 = 119
VK_F9 = 120
VK_F10 = 121
VK_F11 = 122
VK_F12 = 123
VK_F13 = 124
VK_F14 = 125
VK_F15 = 126
VK_F16 = 127
VK_F17 = 128
VK_F18 = 129
VK_F19 = 130
VK_F20 = 131
VK_F21 = 132
VK_F22 = 133
VK_F23 = 134
VK_F24 = 135

VK_NUMLOCK = 144
VK_SCROLL = 145

VK_LSHIFT = 160
VK_RSHIFT = 161
VK_LCONTROL = 162
VK_RCONTROL = 163
VK_LMENU = 164
VK_RMENU = 165

VK_BROWSER_BACK = 166
VK_BROWSER_FORWARD = 167
VK_BROWSER_REFRESH = 168
VK_BROWSER_STOP = 169
VK_BROWSER_SEARCH = 170
VK_BROWSER_FAVORITES = 171
VK_BROWSER_HOME = 172

VK_VOLUME_MUTE = 173
VK_VOLUME_DOWN = 174
VK_VOLUME_UP = 175

VK_MEDIA_NEXT_TRACK = 176
VK_MEDIA_PREV_TRACK = 177
VK_MEDIA_STOP = 178
VK_MEDIA_PLAY_PAUSE = 179

VK_LAUNCH_MAIL = 180
VK_LAUNCH_MEDIA_SELECT = 181
VK_LAUNCH_APP1 = 182
VK_LAUNCH_APP2 = 183

VK_OEM_1 = 186
VK_OEM_PLUS = 187
VM_OEM_COMMA = 188
VK_OEM_MINUS = 189
VK_OEM_PERIOD = 190
VK_OEM_2 = 191
VK_OEM_3 = 192

VK_OEM_4 = 219
VK_OEM_5 = 220
VK_OEM_6 = 221
VK_OEM_7 = 222
VK_OEM_8 = 223

VK_OEM_102 = 226
VK_PROCESSKEY = 229
VK_PACKET = 231

VK_ATTN = 246
VK_CRSEL = 247
VK_EXSEL = 248
VK_EREOF = 249
VK_PLAY = 250
VK_ZOOM = 251
VK_NONAME = 252
VK_PA1 = 253
VK_OEM_CLEAR = 254