‘VBScript Example
Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)

WshShell.Run “%windir%\notepad.exe”
WshShell.AppActivate “Notepad”

WshShell.SendKeys “Hello World!”
WshShell.SendKeys “{ENTER}”
WshShell.SendKeys “abc”
WshShell.SendKeys “{CAPSLOCK}”
WshShell.SendKeys “def”

The SendKeys method is used to send keystrokes to the currently active window as if they where typed from the keyboard.

WshShell.SendKeys Keystrokes

Single alphanumeric keystrokes can simply be specified using a string representation of the character required. For example, to send the letter S the command would be object.SendKeys “S”.

To send multiple characters combine them into one string. For example, to send A, B and C the command would be object.SendKeys “ABC”.

The plus sign “+”, caret “^”, percent sign “%”, tilde “~”, and parentheses “()” all have special meanings and must be enclosed within braces “{}”. Square brackets “[]” must also be enclosed within braces although they have no special meaning. To specify brace characters themselves, use “{{}” and “{}}”.

Below is a table of characters that can not be directly represent by a keyboard character to use one of these, specify the appropriate Code.

Key Code

Key Code
Backspace {BACKSPACE}, {BKSP} or {BS}
Break {BREAK}
Caps Lock {CAPSLOCK}
Delete {DELETE} or {DEL}
Down Arrow {DOWN}
End {END}
Enter {ENTER} or ~
Escape {ESC}
Help {HELP}
Home {HOME}
Insert {INSERT} or {INS}
Left Arrow {LEFT}
Num Lock {NUMLOCK}
Page Down {PGDN}
Page Up {PGUP}
Print Screen {PRTSC}
Right Arrow {RIGHT}
Scroll Lock {SCROLLLOCK}
Tab {TAB}
Up Arrow {UP}
F1 {F1}
F2 {F2}
F3 {F3}
F4 {F4}
F5 {F5}
F6 {F6}
F7 {F7}
F8 {F8}
F9 {F9}
F10 {F10}
F11 {F11}
F12 {F12}
F13 {F13}
F14 {F14}
F15 {F15}
F16 {F16}


To specify characters combinations use the following codes:


Key Code
Alt %
Ctrl ^
Shift Lock +

For example to specify CTRL and C, the code would be object.SendKeys “^C” and for SHIFT F5 object.SendKeys “+{F5}”. To specify multiple combination sets such as ALT A Z, you use parentheses, for example, object.SendKeys “%(AZ)”.