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Posted on 2002-05-06
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I have app with a few forms with lot of controls for data input (text or numbers). Is there any simple way to switch amongst them (to make them active) while entering data. Tab is clumsy becouse of large number of controls. I would need something like arrow keys that moves focus to nearest component in any direction. Perhaps someone have code already writen?
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by:God_Ares
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use setfocus...

edit1.SetFocus;

e.g. you must enter a valid zip in edit1 to go tho the next thing


procedure jada1.OnkeyUp(jadajadajada)
Begin
  if length(edit1.Text)=4 {and ValidateZip(Edit1.text)} then button1.SetFocus;
end;

or with the arrows

procedure TForm1.Edit1KeyUp(Sender: TObject; var Key: Word;
  Shift: TShiftState);
var   d,e:Tcontrol;
 i:integer;
begin
  if ssShift in shift      then
  Begin
    d := TControl(sender);
    for i:=0 to d.parent.controlcount-1 do
      find best one fitting to key by using d.left en d.top
    e.setfocus;
   if key = vk_up then
  end;
end;

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God_Ares earned 150 total points
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an example of going to a control above
do the other 3 yourself..

procedure TForm1.Edit1KeyUp(Sender: TObject; var Key: Word;
  Shift: TShiftState);
var  s:Tcontrol;
     o,b:TwinControl;
  i,x,y:integer;

begin
    s := TControl(sender);
    if key = vk_up then
    Begin
      b:=nil;
      x:=1000; y:=1000;
      for i:=0 to s.Parent.ControlCount-1 do
      Begin
       if s.InheritsFrom(Twincontrol) then
       Begin
         o := TWincontrol(s.Parent.Controls[i]);
         if s.top > o.Top then //found a control above currrent
         begin
           if abs(s.Left - o.Left) < x then
           Begin
             x:=abs(s.Left - o.Left);
             y:=o.Top;  //store component's pos
             b := TWincontrol(s.Parent.Controls[i]);
           end;
         end;
       end;
      end;
      if b<> nil then b.setfocus;
    end;
end;
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by:God_Ares
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this works great for edit's and memo's
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