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Intercepting Carriage Return in Modal Dialog

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I have a modal dialog which has an Edit control and
a radio box.  Whenever I hit carriage return when the Edit
control or a radio box button has focus, it causes the
dialog to close.  How can I stop this from happening?  I
would rather have the carriage returns ignored.
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This is the function of a dialog box. When you press Return key, it will activate the default pushbutton, such as the OK or Cancel button. Try overriding CDialog::OnKeyDown() (or OnKeyUp). When you detect it is a Return key, do nothing. Otherwise, call the base class function CDialog::OnKeyDown().
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I overrode the CDialog::OnKeyDown() however this function is
not being called when I type in the edit contol.
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by:chensu
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Yes, because the CEdit::OnKeyDown() is called in this case. Do you mean this method works when the radio button has focus and it does not when the edit control has focus?
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Hi kaplan1,

The messages OnKeyDown(), OnKeyUp()... won't be called for a modal dialog box.

Check out Article ID: Q126874 in Microsoft KB for more info
PRB: Modal Dialog Box Prevents Calls to PreTranslateMessage

The article also suggests a solution, which if implemented will allow messages to be sent to the dialog box. Then you can trap the OnKeyDown() message... & check for the Return key.

Hope this helps

Wilfred
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