Credit: Bill Bell
Key combinations are returned as binary-coded numbers, but it’s not hard to decode them into human-readable combinations:
import sys # Append to sys.path the complete path to the folder that contains # 'link.py' (the demo use of pythoncom.CoCreateInstance with # shell.CLSID_ShellLink in the ActiveState distribution of Python) # so that link can be imported as a module sys.path.append('C:/Python21/win32comext/shell/test') import link import commctrl class PyShortcut_II(link.PyShortcut): def decode_hotkey(self): hk = self.GetHotkey( ) result = '' if hk: mod = hk >> 8 if mod & commctrl.HOTKEYF_SHIFT: result += 'Shift-' if mod & commctrl.HOTKEYF_CONTROL: result += 'Control-' if mod & commctrl.HOTKEYF_ALT: result += 'Alt-' result += chr ( hk % 256 ) return result
Here’s a typical usage pattern:
>>> shortcut = PyShortcut_II( ) >>> shortcut.load(r'C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP\Pygris.lnk' ) >>> shortcut.decode_hotkey( ) 'Control-Alt-T'
The ActiveState Python distribution includes an example that shows how to get and set Win32 shortcuts. This recipe shows how to extend the example to decode the hotkeys (such as Alt-Ctrl-Z and Shift-Ctrl-B) that can be associated with shortcuts.
On Win32, each shortcut can have an associated hotkey. In the
that is distributed as a demo with ActiveState’s
ActivePython, the hotkey is returned as a 16-bit code: the lower 8
bits encode the hotkey’s characters, and the upper 8
bits encode modifiers, such as
Alt. This recipe
shows how to decode such a 16-bit code in terms of a printable key
name for a shortcut’s hotkey. Of course, this idea
can also be useful for other similar needs, whenever key modifiers
encoded as a bitmask using the bits named in the
commctrl module need to be displayed readably.
Windows API documentation available from Microsoft (http://msdn.microsoft.com); the
commctrl module is derived from the
commctrl.h standard Windows include