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Send key strokes to any window from within Matlab
Updated 31 Jan 2013

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Send key strokes to a named Window. Alt, Ctrl, Shift, Enter and Tab are
all supported, allowing you to fully navigate the menu of other programs
from within Matlab. If you simply wish to type into another program (as
opposed to navigating a menu), see my other submission "textInject".

Send some text to Notepad, save it with a specified file name using
Notepad's menu, then return focus to Matlab:
keyInject('Untitled - Notepad','Here is some text I would like to save','Untitled - Notepad')
keyInject('Untitled - Notepad','ALT__FA','Untitled - Notepad')
keyInject('Save As','this is the file name i want.txt\r','Matlab R2012b')

Supported keystrokes:
alphanumeric (a-z,0-9), L Alt ('ALT__'), L Ctrl ('CTRL__'), L Shift
('SHIFT__'), Tab ('\t'), Enter ('\r'), Dash ('-') and Period ('.'). For
capital letters you can hold shift (see below).

Holding down Alt, Ctrl or Shift keys:
Replace the second underscore character with a '+' to hold the key down,
or a '-' to release it. For example to select all text in a window and
copy it to the clipboard: 'CTRL_+AC' (followed by 'CTRL_-' to release).
See the screenshot on the file exchange for an example of how to this in
action (selects text in Matlab and copy-pastes it into Notepad).

Adding new keys: This must be done manually, but it's easy if you copy
the approach I've laid out below. You will need a 'Virtual Key Code':
The hex values there need to be converted to decimal:
You don't need to recompile the mex files to add new keys.

Mex files: You must compile the included source code to use this utility. The Windows keyboard API uses C++, and so you will need a C++ compiler (the Matlab LCC compiler will not work). Once you have a supported compiler, type mex -setup to select it. Then put the C files on the Matlab path and just type:
mex ''
mex ''

Cite As

Phillip (2024). KeyInject (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2012b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux
Find more on Write C Functions Callable from MATLAB (MEX Files) in Help Center and MATLAB Answers

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I updated the description of how to compile the source code, as I realised that the Matlab LCC compiler will not work because this submission uses C++.