Press Key

This activity can be used to send keyboard shortcuts (e.g. Ctrl + Alt).



  • Identifier: indicate a new UI element, or select from the already defined list of selectors. TAP into our unique UI Browser).

  • Control Keys - Enable / Disable the use of the below control keys associated with click action:

    • None

    • Control

    • Shift

    • Control + Shift

    • Alt

    • Control + Alt

    • Shift + Alt

    • Control + Shift + Alt

  • Key: the key to be simulated alone, or in combination with the control keys defined upper.

  • vkCode - Virtual Key Code - the decimal value of encoding from the official Microsoft Virtual-Key Codes Documentation.

Please check also this article: Press Key - Values of Key parameter, for a complete list of all available values of parameter Key.


  • Display Name: action display name in your implementation project

  • Wait Before: number milliseconds robot to wait before executing the action.

  • Wait After: number milliseconds robot to wait until moving to the next action.

  • Abort on Error: True/False

  • Retry Times: Specifies the number of times to retry an action if it doesn't end successfully. Default value 0 (no retry); Use -1 if you want to retry indefinitely.

Use Case

Potential Use Cases

  • Navigate faster in an application menu using keystrokes shortcuts

  • Assign a specific keystrokes shortcut to an application and open it this way, as an alternative to the Start Process activity.

  • Close an application using the keystrokes Alt + F4, as an alternative to using Click Control and close an application from the x buttonmceclip4.png, or using the Kill Process activity.

Examples of Using Press Key


In this example, the robot will select the text within a Notepad document and delete it.

Watch the robot in action:

You can see how the Press Key activity is used in an example that incorporates multiple activities. You can check and download the example from here:

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