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Hello,

I have a bunch of CEdits in a dialog.  I've ordered their tabs and checked their tab stop attributes.  The tab correctly, but what I want to do is be able to tab with the Tab key and Return key.  I tried to use the ON_WM_KEYDOWN message:

ON_WM_KEYDOWN();

void CMyClass::OnKeyDown(UINT nChar, UINT nRepCnt, UINT nFlags)
{
switch (nChar)
   {
        case VK_RETURN:
      CScrollView::OnKeyDown(VK_TAB, nRepCnt, nFlags);
      break;
        default:
                  CScrollView::OnKeyDown(nChar, nRepCnt, nFlags);
}
}

What am I doing wrong?

thanks
draw

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bogie2 earned 200 total points
ID: 1320741
Hi,

simply replace

CScrollView::OnKeyDown(VK_TAB, nRepCnt, nFlags);
by
PostMessage(WM_KEYDOWN, VK_TAB, nRepCnt + (nFlags<<16));

Why? The call to CScrollView::OnKeyDown() is passed the ORIGINAL
values and not the VALUES you supply (so VK_RETURN will be passed
instead of VK_TAB).

greetings,

bogie2
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by:draw
ID: 1320742
Hello,

I replaced it and it still doesn't work.  Am I using the right message (WM_ON_KEYDOWN) ?  Should it be SYSKEYDOWN?  Also, when I put a breakpoint on it and executed, I couldn't provoke it?  Any help on this?

thanks
draw
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by:snoegler
ID: 1320743
The point is that the KEYDOWN event will never reach the dialog window - it is handled
by the edit control itself. So the easiest way to find out when the user has pressed 'enter'
is to use the OnOK() function which is called when the user hits the 'OK' button.
Then you can proceed like this:

void CMyDlg::OnOK()
{
      // TODO: Add extra validation here
      
      int      curCtrlID=GetFocus()->GetDlgCtrlID();

      if( /* test if curCtrlID is one of the edit fields which should conv. enter to tab*/)
            GetNextDlgTabItem(GetFocus())->SetFocus();
            return;
      }
      
      CDialog::OnOK();
}

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by:draw
ID: 1320744
Hello,

Well, the dialog belongs to a CFormView, so there are no OKs and CANCELs.  I do believe that you're right about the KEYDOWN will never reach to my dialog.  So the problem is, how can I capture the WM_KEYDOWN.  Or maybe I should capture WM_CHAR.  I was looking through the MFC codes and it suggested that maybe I should over write the PreTranslateMessage.  Is this right?  If so, can someone give me some advices because I don't have any idea in using PreTranslateMessage to translate the input character.

thanks
draw
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by:snoegler
ID: 1320745
You won't ever get a KEYDOWN. This message is sent to the edit control and is
completely processed there - only a BN_CLICKED with the default pushbutton as ID
reaches your CFormView. If you have no default pushbutton, even this message won't
be sent.
You could write a own control which subclasses the EDIT control, and process the
WM_GETDLGCODE message. By this message you can define which key codes the
parent window receives and which are processed by the control (see online help).
I think the easiest way is to add an (invisible) default pushbutton(IDOK), so you
could do it like i suggested.
Hope this helps :)

snoegler
Maybe i am wrong and there is an easier solution.
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by:draw
ID: 1320746
thanks
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by:snoegler
ID: 1320747
thanks
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