KeyCodes

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A few words on keycodes

When you want to handle the KeyDown event, you get passed a wxKeyEvent event as a parameter. event.GetKeyCode() will then return you the KeyCode of the pressed key. This page aims to upgrade the documentation for wxWidgets 2.4.2. The documentation in 2.6.3 is more complete.

A few oddities

The way it works seems a little strange sometimes (at least on Windows XP). For example :

  • right control and left control cannot be differentiated,
  • the keycode of non special keys is an ascii code, which means it will depend on the keyboard layout you are using,
  • "print screen" will not generate an event on my system,
  • the right alt key will send me two events instead of only one ( WXK_CONTROL and WXK_ALT ).

The french keyboard layout

As I am using a french layout, here are the values I get. Keep in mind it will be different from a US keyboard layout (or any other layout). I have listed the keys from left to right and from up to down :


  • NK_ESC 27
  • NK_F1 342
  • NK_F2 343
  • NK_F3 344
  • NK_F4 345
  • NK_F5 346
  • NK_F6 347
  • NK_F7 348
  • NK_F8 349
  • NK_F9 350
  • NK_F10 351
  • NK_F11 352
  • NK_F12 353
  • NK_SYSREQ
  • NK_SCRLOCK 367
  • NK_PAUSE 310
  • NK_GRAVE 39
  • NK_1 49
  • NK_2 50
  • NK_3 51
  • NK_4 52
  • NK_5 53
  • NK_6 54
  • NK_7 55
  • NK_8 56
  • NK_9 57
  • NK_0 48
  • NK_MINUS 91
  • NK_EQUAL 43
  • NK_BACKSPACE 8
  • NK_INSERT 324
  • NK_HOME 315
  • NK_PAGEUP 312
  • NK_PAD_LOCK 366
  • NK_PAD_SLASH 396
  • NK_PAD_ASTERIS 391
  • NK_PAD_MINUS 394
  • NK_TAB 9
  • NK_Q 81
  • NK_W 87
  • NK_E 69
  • NK_R 82
  • NK_T 84
  • NK_Y 89
  • NK_U 85
  • NK_I 73
  • NK_O 79
  • NK_P 80
  • NK_LBRACKET 93
  • NK_RBRACKET 59
  • NK_ENTER 13
  • NK_DELETE 127
  • NK_END 314
  • NK_PAGEDOWN 313
  • NK_PAD_7 315
  • NK_PAD_8 317
  • NK_PAD_9 312
  • NK_PAD_PLUS 392
  • NK_CAPSLOCK 311
  • NK_A 65
  • NK_S 83
  • NK_D 68
  • NK_F 70
  • NK_G 71
  • NK_H 72
  • NK_J 74
  • NK_K 75
  • NK_L 76
  • NK_SEMICOLON 44
  • NK_APOSTROPHE 126
  • NK_NUMBERSIGN 92
  • NK_PAD_4 316
  • NK_PAD_5 305
  • NK_PAD_6 318
  • NK_LSHIFT 306
  • NK_BACKSLASH 226
  • NK_Z 90
  • NK_X 88
  • NK_C 67
  • NK_V 86
  • NK_B 66
  • NK_N 78
  • NK_M 77
  • NK_COMMA 46
  • NK_PERIOD 47
  • NK_SLASH 223
  • NK_RSHIFT 306
  • NK_UP 317
  • NK_PAD_1 314
  • NK_PAD_2 319
  • NK_PAD_3 313
  • NK_PAD_ENTER 13
  • NK_LCTRL 308
  • NK_LALT 309
  • NK_SPACE 32
  • NK_RALT 308+309
  • NK_RCTRL 308
  • NK_LEFT 316
  • NK_DOWN 319
  • NK_RIGHT 318
  • NK_PAD_0 324
  • NK_PAD_PERIOD 127
  • NK_LMETA 91
  • NK_RMETA 92
  • NK_MENU 93