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drag and drop - open text file

Posted on 2000-03-08
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I have a MDI form and a child form with a Rich text box in it.  I would like to be able to drag a file into the empty space of the MDI form and open the text file in the Rich text control.

How do I open a text file by dragging the icon into my MDI form?

Any Ideas?
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Question by:kyrakin
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Hi

MDIForm code

Private Sub MDIForm_Load()
   Me.OLEDropMode = vbOLEDropManual
End Sub

Private Sub MDIForm_OLEDragDrop(Data As DataObject, Effect As Long, Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
  If Data.GetFormat(vbCFFiles) = True Then
    Dim sFileName$
    sFileName = Data.Files(1)
    On Error GoTo invalidFile
    Form1.RichTextBox1.LoadFile sFileName, rtfRTF
  End If
  Exit Sub
invalidFile:
  MsgBox "Invalid File Format", vbCritical
End Sub

Private Sub MDIForm_OLEDragOver(Data As DataObject, Effect As Long, Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single, State As Integer)
  If Data.GetFormat(vbCFFiles) Then
    Effect = vbDropEffectMove And Effect
  Else
    Effect = vbDropEffectNone
  End If
End Sub

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by:Ark
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TigerZhao: Yes, it's possible to subclass MDIForm and loop for WM_DROPFILES message. If you want to study subclassing and use only pure API code, it's OK. But if you need simple code - VB itself already have _OLEDrag... events. Place your code at these events and you need no subclassing. It's the same if you want to subclass window or control to loop for WM_LBUTTONDOWN instead of using appropriate event for this form/control

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by:kyrakin
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Thank you very much - works perfectly.
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