inserting text into edit control

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    inserting text into edit control

    is there any efficient way to insert a string into an edit control without simulating the key presses through messages like WM_KEYDOWN? i mean, insert a string wherever the cursor is, even if its in the middle of a document?
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    SendMessage(hwnd, WM_SETTEXT, 0, (long)actText);

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    If there is no text selected, you can send an EM_REPLACESEL message. If nothing is selected, the default action is to insert the text at the cursor position. You could use EM_SETSEL to set a zero length select range at the cursor position if you want to be sure nothing else is selected.

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    >>> SendMessage(hwnd, WM_SETTEXT, 0, (long)actText);

    That won't work, that would replace the existing text, not insert after the cursor. You could use GetWindowText() to get the current text into a buffer then modify the buffer to your liking and send it back with SetWindowText() if you wanted to.
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    cheers adrian. thanks anyway for trying knutso. the best way to learn is to make mistakes.
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    Oops! I should look more carefully at who the poster is before answering, hell, it was early in the day and I just read the question, sorry Ben!
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