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How can I assign a tab value to a label or panel?

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I want to provide access to labelclicks or panelclicks via the keyboard, using cursor keys or tab to cycle through. Windows lets you do it with the tab value on buttons which is fine, but can I do it with labels and panels which see to have no tab value available?
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Question by:chriswood
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by:Motaz
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Labels and Panels is not a Window controls, so that it cann't accept FOCUS!

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by:ITugay
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Hi chriswood.

You can do it with TPanels but not with TLabel. Look at this topic:
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Use the TabStop to allow or disallow access to the control using the Tab key. If TabStop is True, the control is in the tab order. If TabStop is False, the control is not in the tab order and the user can't press the Tab key to move to the control.
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The TabStop property appears in TWinControl hierarchy level and TLabel have not this property.

To be sure it work with panels try this sample:

1. new app
2. drop four panels on your form
3. drop TEdit
4. drop TTimer
5. set property TPanel1..4.TabStop = true

6. write TTimerTimer event like this:

procedure TForm1.Timer1Timer(Sender: TObject);
begin
   if ActiveControl is TPanel
   then Edit1.Text:=TPanel(ActiveControl).Name;
end;

7. run your app
8. press [tab] or [arrow] keys to see ActiveControl name.

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Igor.

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by:sburck
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When I try to do panel selection, I usually keep all panels without a border until they are selected.  In a single, combined OnEnter and OnExit method for all the selectable panels I have this code:

procedure TForm1.PanelEnter(Sender: TObject);
begin
     (Sender as TPanel).BorderStyle = bsSingle;
end;

procedure TForm1.PanelExit(Sender: TObject);
begin
     (Sender as TPanel).BorderStyle = bsNone;
end;
 
Put a bunch of panels on your form, give all of their OnEnter's the PanelEnter method, all of their OnExit's the PanelExit method, and run it.  Tabbing between them is very clear.

You can do other things like changing colors, but this is simple and effective.
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by:chriswood
ID: 2763824
Yep, thanks guys, I missed panel had a tab value... (duh)

but does anyone have a method for using tab or cursor keys on non-tab objects such as labels...?  That's what I really want...

but thanks for the tip about the border, (sburck) I like that.
 
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sburck earned 100 total points
ID: 2763839
Here, Motaz is right - any control which isn't a Window control can't get a focus.  Here, too, though, you can fake it using a panel.  Shrink the panel to the size of the label, make it 'invisible' (bevelinner & bevelouter to bvnone), and change the fontstyle of the caption on the onenter and onexit.
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