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How can I avoid focus rectangle appearing on click ?

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I have an application with small buttons which look wrong when the focus rectangle is also visible. I have seen somewhere an API call (or something) which prevents this being shown

Any ideas?

Stewart
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try using the DrawFocusRect() API function. I believe if you draw the rect in the same place it will erase it completely. Also, look for the KillFocus() API too... Sorry cant get you the api's now :-/
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by:shlomof
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If it is an web application, you can do the following:

<a href="a.htm" Onfocus="blur()">Click</a>

or if it is a button:

<input type="button" value="Click" Onfocus="blur()">

enjoy it.
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It is a VB 6.0 application, sorry for not clarifying that...  thanks also Jon, I shall hunt down the DrawFocusRect() call unless someone beats me to it !
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Public Declare Function DrawFocusRect Lib "user32" Alias "DrawFocusRect" (ByVal hdc As Long, lpRect As RECT) As Long
Public Type RECT
        Left As Long
        Top As Long
        Right As Long
        Bottom As Long
End Type

I cant find the KillWindowFocus function :-/
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use the Public Declare Function DrawFocusRect Lib "user32" Alias "DrawFocusRect" (ByVal hdc As Long, lpRect
As RECT) As Long
with a 0,0,0,0 rectangle to remove the focus.
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by:nvms
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Hi

I think John Fish has got cloest, but I am a little vague on how to actually employ this function on specific (small) buttons on my form.

Public Declare Function DrawFocusRect Lib "user32" Alias "DrawFocusRect" (ByVal hdc As Long, lpRect
As RECT) As Long
Public Type RECT
       Left As Long
       Top As Long
       Right As Long
       Bottom As Long
End Type

looks good, and I take Integam's comment to specify 0,0,0,0 which seems logical but where does this fit ? In the Click sub of the button ? or when the form is loaded ? I don't mind losing ALL rectangles on this particular form

Stewart
p.s. sorry for the delay, this project was on the shelf for a few weeks
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try in the GotFocus() procedure... Also, if you dont want to bother, you can use this:

Private Declare Function SendMessage Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, lParam As Any) As Long
Private Const WM_KILLFOCUS = &H8

And in form_load:

Private Sub Form_Load()
  Me.Show
  SendMessage ControlName.hWnd, WM_KILLFOCUS, 0, 0
  '... for each control
End Sub

Now, the controls will never receive focus, as far as I can see anyway. No need for code in any other procedure I dont think...

Hope this helps!
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