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This is so basic, I'm even scared to ask.

I have a form, on the form there's a number of textfields, and when I run the program there's a blinking curser on one of those fields.  How do I get rid of that?   I tried something that slows the rate down, but the cursor is still there, I want it gone!

Thanks!
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Erick37 earned 200 total points
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If the user is not required to enter text, then use a Label control.

If the user is able to enter text, do you want a visible, non-blinking cursor?
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Add the following to the declarations section:

   Private Declare Function ShowCaret Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long

Then in the click and gotfocus events of the textbox, do this:

   Private Sub Text1_Click()
       HideCaret Text1.hwnd
   End Sub
   Private Sub Text1_GotFocus()
       HideCaret Text1.hwnd
   End Sub


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By the way... an easy question is usually 50 points... ;-)


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OOPS!!!!

That declaration should have been:

   Declare Function HideCaret Lib "user32" Alias "HideCaret" (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long

not ShowCaret... Sorry...


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by:Erick37
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Since hiding and showing the caret is cumulative, shouldn't you do:

Option Explicit

Private Declare Function ShowCaret Lib "user32" _
    (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function HideCaret Lib "user32" _
    (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long

Private Sub Text1_GotFocus()
    HideCaret Text1.hwnd
End Sub

Private Sub Text1_LostFocus()
    ShowCaret Text1.hwnd
End Sub

(Assuming Funch does not want to see the cursor at all.)
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Adjusted points from 10 to 50
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by:prosit
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1. I like Eric's answer better, I knew it was simple.

2. If you don't want to answer with the points given, don't.  It was a very simple solution and Eric17 even corrected yours.

But alright, Eric17 you get the 50 point.

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by:prosit
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Thanks, good job dude!

I don't need input, it's just a counter.

I knew it was a stupid error!

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Erick37

Although HideCaret is cumulative as an API, it is not cumlative in VB.  Here is an example of what I mean...

Put a textbox and a commandbutton on a form and then put the following code in the declarations section:

    Private Declare Function HideCaret Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As Long) As Long
    Private Sub Command1_Click()
        HideCaret Text1.hwnd
    End Sub


Set the tabstop of the textbox to 0, then run the program. Notice that the textbox has a caret.  Click the commandbutton to call HideCaret and the caret goes away... Click the button 5 more times, then click the textbox and the caret shows without calling ShowCaret...


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BTW, this is why you have to call HideCaret in the click event... Because VB automatically releases the hide and shows the caret again...


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by:mcrider
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funch,

1)  >> If you don't want to answer with the points given, don't

Don't get so bent out of shape.  I answered your question even though it was at the 10 point level. I was merely pointing out the EE standard for asking questions...

2)  >> Eric17 even corrected yours.

"Erick37" did not correct my post, as I've explained in the previous post.


3)  You specifically asked how to get rid of the cursor from a textfield.  The code I gave you did that without replacing the control you were using.


4)  Good-luck!

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mcrider,
I see your point, VB does act differently.

But why code HideCaret in the click event?  When the TextBox is clicked, it fires the GotFocus event.
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Erick37,

Because you can get the the text box 2 ways... either by:

  * Tabbing to the textbox - in this event, the click event doesn't fire however the caret is enabled when you have focus.

  * Clicking on the textbox - yes, when you click on the textbox the FIRST time, the GotFocus event fires then the click event fires, however, if you already have focus, and you click in another area of the same textbox, only the click event fires... If you already have focus and click somewhere else in the same textbox, VB will fire the ShowCaret for you again, so the click event will hide it.


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by:Erick37
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I'm testing this in VB5, and without any code in the Click event, the caret is not showing, even after multiple clicks.  Perhaps a version difference?
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I'm working on my NT system today... I just tried it on my 95 system... Click event is not necessary on 95, but is on NT...  Good catch!


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