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During a debugging session I set the text in a combo text box (Combo1.Text = "Search").  I can switch over to the screen and see that Search is entered.  But when I exit the subroutine and return to the main screen, the text field is blank. Later after further processing, the data is in the combo text box again.  What can I do to fix this "bug"?
Harold
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Set ClipControls=False for: container of your combo, and for container of that container.
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That didn't work.  Perhaps I am missing something.  The combo is in my frmMain.  It's name is cbMinor.  frmMain has a property ClipControls which I set to false.  CbMinor does not have a property ClipControls.  Any other suggestions? TIA Harold
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VB has problems repainting controls, especially if controls are nested.  My first comment solves most such problems.

Repainting is low priority task, and in IDE it doesn't work perfectly - that is OK for me.  It is much better than not having the ability to "Run and Continue".
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by:hlominac
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You said "in IDE it doesn't work perfectly."  I compiled the program and executed it with the same problem.  Is this a bug in VB6 Professional?  Would another version of VB work?
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I don't think VB versions are that different.

Maybe you are using LockWindowUpdate, or sending ValidateRect or some similar message using API?

If all fails, try inserting Combo.Refresh at the end of your subroutine.
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by:hlominac
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I tried Combo.Refresh first thing which did not help.  I use Register API's to use the registry, but nothing else.  I have 3 combo boxes in the same form.  One works but two don't.  Earlier the first one did not work, but somehow it now works.  The code is nearly identical.  It must be in the compiler, would you agree?
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Working on the assumption there was a compiler error, I tried different approaches.  I had been using combo.clear then rebuilding the list.  When I decided not to clear the list, and worked around that, the problem cleared up.
Thanks for our information.  Harold
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Next time, if you solve your question yourself, you don't have to award the points.
B really is not 'thank you', but insult.
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