The Windows Search dialog box is great for finding a variety of items including files, computers, and documents. Learn how you can display this dialog box while running a VB program.
The Windows Search dialog box (press [Windows]F) is very handy for finding a variety of items including files, computers, and documents. One way that you can make this dialog box even more useful is by displaying it from within a VB program.
To display the Search box, you'll mimic the normal keypress, [Windows]F, with the keybd_event API function. Its definition and a few constants must be placed in a module:
Public Declare Sub keybd_event Lib "user32" _
(ByValbVk As Byte, _
ByValbScan As Byte, _
ByValdwFlags As Long, _
ByValdwExtraInfo As Long)
Public Const VK_LWIN = &H5B
Public Const KEYEVENTF_KEYUP = &H2
Public Const VK_APPS = &H5D
Then send the required keystrokes from the program as follows:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Call keybd_event(VK_LWIN, 0, 0, 0)
Call keybd_event(&H46, 0, 0, 0)
Call keybd_event(VK_LWIN, 0, KEYEVENTF_KEYUP, 0)
While you cannot transfer information from the Search dialog box back to your program, it can still be very useful to locate a file in this way while running a VB program.
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