THotkey with win-key support?

Is there anyway to get the THotkey component in delphi to support the windows key?

Or does anyone know of a component that can do this?

Thanks heaps!


THotKey doesn't support the Win-Key. I would add a check box next to it maybe for the Win-Key modifier.

IMHO it is a good thing THotKey does not support this.

Don't use the windows key for keyboard shortcuts in your program, the "Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines" says the following under Guidelines - Interaction - Keyboard:

Don't use the Windows logo modifier key for program shortcut keys. Windows logo key is reserved for Windows use. Even if a Windows logo key combination isn't being used by Windows now, it may be in the future.

Even if the shortcut isn't used by Windows, using such a keyboard shortcut would be confusing to users, as it would perform a function in your program, while other such shortcuts like Win+E or Win+R activate a system-wide function, deactivating your program in the process.


THotKey is a light wrapper around a system control, supporting only the things that this system control supports. There is no documented way to set anything but the Alt, Ctrl and Shift modifiers for the shortcut.

You might be able to create your own control to display shortcuts using the Windows key, and set a global keyboard hook (look into the SetWindowsHookEx() API function).

I don't know if you can do it with the THotkey component.

But you can capture the left and right Windows Key in any KeyDown event using:

if key = vk_LWin then showmessage('left'); if key = vk_RWin then showmessage('right');

Sure its possible - you need to make your own copy of { THotKey } and tweak it a little to support also Win key. You need to add your own KeyDown() and Repaint() functions to this class .

Like this:

  TMyCustomHotKey = class(TWinControl)
      WinKey: boolean;
  procedure WMPaint(var Message: TWMPaint); message WM_PAINT;
    constructor Create(AOwner: TComponent); override;

  TMyHotKey = class(TMyCustomHotKey)


    procedure TMyCustomHotKey.KeyDown(Sender: TObject; var Key: Word; Shift: TShiftState);
     a : integer;
     lbl : string;
      tmphot : tshortcut;

     a:= 0;
      if GetAsyncKeyState(VK_LWIN) <> 0 then  a:= 1;
      if GetAsyncKeyState(VK_RWIN) <> 0 then a:= 1;

     if a=1 then begin
            winkey := true;
      end else
            winkey := false;

procedure TMyCustomHotKey.WMPaint(var Message: TWMPaint);
  PS: TPaintStruct;
  DC: HDC;
  Canvas: TCanvas;
  i: Integer;
  X, Y: Integer;
  OldColor: TColor;
  Size: TSize;
  Max: Integer;
  s, Palabra, PrevWord: string;
    OldPen, DrawPen: HPEN;
 tmphot : tshortcut;
  Key: Word;
  Shift: TShiftState;

  lbl ,res: string;
 keyboardState: TKeyboardState;
asciiResult: Integer;


  DC := Message.DC;
  if DC = 0 then DC := BeginPaint(Handle, PS);

  Canvas := TCanvas.Create;

     OldColor         := Font.Color;
    Canvas.Handle    := DC;
    Canvas.Font.Name := Font.Name;
    Canvas.Font.Size := Font.Size;
    with Canvas do

      Brush.Color := Self.Color;
          Font.Color := OldColor;

       tmphot := gethotkey;
         ShortCutToKey(tmphot, Key, Shift);

          res := GetCharFromVKey(key);

         if (winkey = false) and (key = 0 ) and (tmphot = 0)then
          BEGIN lbl := 'Enter hotkey [CTRL/ALT/WIN] + Key'   ;
          TextOut(1 ,1,lbl)             ;
         else begin

         if winkey then lbl := 'Win +' else lbl := '';
          if ssAlt in Shift then lbl := lbl+ 'Alt + ';
          if ssShift in Shift then lbl := lbl+ 'Shift + ';
          if (not winkey) and (ssCtrl  in Shift) then lbl := lbl+ 'Ctrl + ';
          lbl := lbl+ res;


          TextOut(1 ,1,lbl);


    if Message.DC = 0 then EndPaint(Handle, PS);


See RegisterHotKey function on MSDN.

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