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I want the tab key to be associated with the Return key.If I had 3 text boxes on a form and my focus was on the first text box and I hit the enter key, I would like the tab to jump to the next text box. The keypress and keydown events don't capture the enter or tab key.
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Question by:JohnRock
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deighton earned 50 total points
ID: 2683791
Private Sub Text1_KeyDown(KeyCode As Integer, Shift As Integer)
If KeyCode = 13 Then

    Text2.SetFocus
   
End If
End Sub
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by:deighton
ID: 2683814
'If you do this as well in the same code

Private Sub Text1_KeyPress(KeyAscii As Integer)
    If KeyAscii = 13 Then KeyAscii = 0
End Sub
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by:Erick37
ID: 2683818
2 ways:

Private Sub Text1_KeyPress(KeyAscii As Integer)
    If KeyAscii = vbKeyReturn Then
        KeyAscii = 0
        SendKeys "{TAB}"
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub Text2_KeyPress(KeyAscii As Integer)
    If KeyAscii = vbKeyReturn Then
        KeyAscii = 0
        Text3.SetFocus
    End If
End Sub
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by:caraf_g
ID: 2683990
"I want the tab key to be associated with the Return key"

No you don't. Not if you want your application to behave like a good windoze application.

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by:Erick37
ID: 2684151
Depends on the application.  It's nice to use ENTER to move between single-line fields when entering data.  QuickBooks does this, for example.
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by:caraf_g
ID: 2684176
Erick, do you really think so?

Compare

Test{left pinky}more text{left pinky}more text{left pinky}

to

Test{right pinky}more text{right pinky}more text{right pinky}

Much the same. Except, one is standard windows behaviour, the other is something that dates back to the good old days of DOS.

And I think it's time we left those days behind us.
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by:Erick37
ID: 2684200
I'm not a touch typer, so it's easier for me to find the Enter key than the Tab key.
A single line TextBox does not use the Enter key anyway, so why not give it a use?  
The user will discover this very quickly and either use it or not.  The Tab functionality is not discarded.
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by:caraf_g
ID: 2684240
Haha, no Erick, that one won't wash with me.

If you're into mass data entry, believe me, you *are* a touch typist.

<wink>
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by:Erick37
ID: 2684273
here od, iu exa.p;w of tpivj tuopmg

translated:
here is my example of touch typing
:)

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by:caraf_g
ID: 2684335
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That should have been

\jrtr od ,u rcs,[;r pg yupivj yu[omh/
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by:caraf_g
ID: 2684347
Or...

Y843B 8W J6 3SQJ0O3 9R 65697DY 56038HTL

(complete with a typing mistake, I think)

But seriously.... If you go to a place where they employ people whose job it is to enter large amounts of data, you can rest assured that they *will* employ touch typists to do the job.

Yes, I'll admit it... I am a touch typist. But I therefore can appreciate how easy it is to adapt to such a slight difference as changing from using your right pinky to your left pinky. It'll take an experienced touch typist at most a day to get used to it.
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by:mark2150
ID: 2684531
Using <enter> as <tab> is ok. Using <tab> as <enter> is a no-no.

You can't easily intercept <tab> as it's not normally passed in the key events (It *is* but only if no control has the .TabStop property set True).

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by:Erick37
ID: 2684547
If I understand the question correctly, JohnRock wants to make the Enter key act as the Tab key.

"... I hit the enter key, I would like the tab to jump to the next text box"
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by:mark2150
ID: 2684575
Yep. I don't see a problem with that. I think you can do it at the form level if you set the forms KeyPreview to True then you can have:

private sub Form_KeyDown(keyascii as integer...)
if keyascii = vbEnter then keyascii = vbTab
end sub

I *think* that will work - haven't tested it.

M
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