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Getting user-selected text from any app

Discussion in 'Win32' started by Eidetikos, May 29, 2010.

  1. Eidetikos

    Eidetikos Banned

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    I've been struggling for a while now with retrieving the highlighted/selected text from any window. I've used:

    GetForegroundWindow
    GetCursorPos
    WindowFromPoint
    SendMessage(... GETTEXT...)/SendMessage(...GETSELTEXT...)

    It only really seems to work for Notepad. I can't get it to work with Word, IE, Firefox, etc.
     
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    pankaj.sea New Member

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    will you please explain your full job?
     
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    Eidetikos Banned

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    Sure. I'm making a dictionary desktop utility so that whenever someone highlights text in any program and then presses the hotkeys, the selected text is captured by the utility and then processed.


    You may have seen them before with Babylon, Oxford's Russian Dictionary and I'm sure countless others.


    The workaround I'm using now is by emulating Ctrl-C but copying to the clipboard is a poor solution.
     

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