Overtyping in a text box

Posted on 2000-03-15
Last Modified: 2008-03-04
How do I get VB to allow me to overtype data already contained within a text box, that has already hit its maximum amount of characters? I have a text box with a string of 50 chrs in it, and naturally, when I go to type anything in this box, VB won't let me because the box is full. I want to allow the user to overtype what is already in there - how do I do it? (please help)
Question by:TGB
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Expert Comment

ID: 2619274
The easiest solution would be to simple add..

  Text1.SelLength = 1

... to the KeyPress event of the textbox.

Accepted Solution

paulstamp earned 20 total points
ID: 2619308
vbMaster's comment is the answer if you want to overtype a single character... however if you want your typing to replace the entire string use this :

Private Sub Text1_Activate()

    Text1.SelStart = 0
    Text1.SelLength = len(text1.text)

End Sub

When the user clicks on your textbox the entire text will be highlighted and any new text replaces the whole lot.

Author Comment

ID: 2619327
Cheers. But I can't seem to get the 'Activate' event to come up. What am I doing wrong? (Using VB6.0)
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Expert Comment

ID: 2619359
Perhaps this is because there is no Activate event? ;)  The GotFocus() event is probably what paulstamp meant.

Author Comment

ID: 2619403
Cheers for the help. ;)

Expert Comment

ID: 2620302
Sorry... mind going... yes - form_gotfocus()

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