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    Hi,
    Basically i need to write a program that will press space every 40 minutes, ive started learning c++ but there appears to be no mention on how to do this in the book i have

    Any help greatly appreciated.

    Thx in advance.

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    hmm

    Ke-wha? Press space??? What do you mean? Output a " " (space) to the screen? Every FOURTY MINUTES????? I don't think that I understand what you mean...
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    Essentially, i want it to act as if im pressing space every 40 minutes. Surely its more than a case of

    cout << " ";

    Although i could be wrong.

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    you need to use a timer of some sort. You can interupt your program flow for forty minutes and cout a space at that interval using an endless loop and any number of built in timers, like system("pause"), or sleep(), or delay(). If you don't want to interupt program flow then you need to get into multithreading, a topic I am aware of, but not competent in.

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    if you are using windows then
    Code:
    Sleep(1000*60*40); //One thousand Milliseconds(1 sec)times 60(one min)times 40(40 mins)
    cout << " ";
    include windows.h.

    if you are using anything else then
    Code:
    delay(1000*60*40);
    cout << " ";
    include dos.h.

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    Lightbulb Hmm

    Hmm, you want to simulate a keyboard press every 40 min? So if you happen to be in notepad at that moment, an extra " " will be written..?
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    yes, exactly like that

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    if this is a windows program you can use SendMessage().
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    its not a windows program, as i say, at this moment in time i know next to nothing, DOS only im afraid

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