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Thread: How to create a AutoHotkey like hotstring using C++?

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    How to create a AutoHotkey like hotstring using C++?

    I have figured out an effective way to create a hotkey using C++.

    AutoHotkey example Alt+A to run a file.

    Alt & a::
    Run, C:\blah\blah\blah\abc.png

    C++ example Alt+A to run a file.

    while(true) {
    if( GetKeyState(VK_MENU) & 0x8000 ) {
    if( GetKeyState('A') & 0x8000 ) {
    ShellExecute(NULL, "open", "C:\\blah\\blah\\blah\\abc.png", NULL, NULL, SW_SHOWNORMAL);
    I now want to understand how to create a hotstring using C++. For example how can I convert following AutoHotkey code into C++?

    Run, C:\blah\blah\blah\abc.png
    I don't know what logic the AutoHotkey developers used in creating the hotstring functionality but I think something like this might work.

    if( GetKeyState(VK_SPACE) & 0x8000 ) {
    // press Shift+Left until space detected;
    // press Shift+Right after space detected;
    // press Control+C to send highlighted word clipboard;
    // convert clipboard to string;
    // add that string to a variable;
    if(//the value of variable is abc) {
    ShellExecute(NULL, "open", "C:\\blah\\blah\\blah\\abc.png", NULL, NULL, SW_SHOWNORMAL);
    else {//send space}}
    The problem is I don't know how to implement this completely because while I can send keyboard events, I don't know how to detect highlighted characters and use them in if statements. plus, I don't know if this is the best way because it might make typing a simple space take too long. Someone please help.

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    Re: How to create a AutoHotkey like hotstring using C++?

    Do you mean something like Accelerator Tables?
    Victor Nijegorodov

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