Ctrl+Alt key modifier behavior with Qt on windows when a textbox has focus

  • I posted this question on SO, but I thought I'd try here too.

    I made a quick sample program to demonstrate the problem
    import sys

    from  PyQt4 import QtGui
    from PyQt4.QtCore import Qt
    class AWindow(QtGui.QMainWindow):
        def __init__(self, parent=None):
            super(AWindow, self).__init__(parent=parent)
                QtGui.QLabel('some text'),
                QtGui.QLabel('some text'),
                QtGui.QCheckBox('this is checkbox')            
        def keyPressEvent(self, e):
            if int(e.modifiers()) == (Qt.ControlModifier+Qt.AltModifier):
                if e.key() == Qt.Key_K:
                    #when ctrl+alt+k is pressed, a message box should open
                    msg = QtGui.QMessageBox(
                        'You pressed ctrl+alt+k'
    def main():
        app = QtGui.QApplication(sys.argv)
        w = AWindow()
    if __name__ == '__main__':


    The problem

    In this sample I'm capturing the ctrl+alt+k keyboard shortcut. The problem is that if a text entry widget has keyboard focused when those keys are pressed, it is not captured by the keyPressEevent handler, instead an upper case K is typed into the box. (this is the same with all ctrl+alt keypresses).

    If another kind of widget is focused, one that does not accept text input (e.g. a checkbox, button) the key press is registered as it should and in the sample, the messagebox is shown.
    Also, keyboard shortcuts that use only a Ctrl modifier work fine.

    This problem only presents it self on Windows, but not on Linux, so this leads me to believe this has something to do with how windows handles the ctrl+alt modifier, or perhaps I'm not capturing the modifiers properly.

    Is there any way to fix this?

  • For future reference, I have come up with a solution to the problem.
    See here

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