Stuffing a formated field


I have a phone number field on a page with the custom format of (@@@) @@@-@@@@. It works fine when reading the data from the database. For instance if I have 5551231234 in the database then (555) 123-1234 is displayed. The problem is when I "stuff" the field with data. If I say txtMyPhone.text = "5551231234" then the text field just displays 5551231234 until I exit and come back into the form. If I stuff it with (555) 123-1234 then it displays properly until I exit the form and come back in. In which case I get something like ((55)5) -123-12.  How can I stuff the field and have it immediatly formated via the current fields format properties?
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bfeddishAsked:
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priya_pbkConnect With a Mentor Commented:
hi bfeddish

I strongly recommend you to use "MaskEditBox". This is just what you require to accomplish your task.

Try doing the following: (I just tried it myself, created a database in Access and made a project in VB)

My table consists of the following:
Table Name:PhoneBook

Coln's:
id:AutoNumber datatype (primary key)
PhoneNumber:Text dataype

Put in 2 dummy records like (555) 123-6666 and (666) 444-2345

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For the VB project. Add a Maskedit Box (Reference to Microsoft MaskEdit control 6.0 in Project->Components)and for the database thing, add an Adodc control and connect to your database table(here in my case phoneBook.mdb).

First of all you have gotta format the Maskeditbox. Click the MaskeditBox and press F4 for its properties.

1) Click the "Format" properties and copy this format:
(###) ###-#### or whatever format you wish to have and press enter.

2)Then set the 'Datasource' properties of the MaskEdit Box to 'Adodc1" and the 'DataField' properties to phoneNumber(in this case)

Now press F5 to execute the project to see the records of the database. You can change/edit the records at runtime with the format you wish to save.

I hope I have helped you to a certain extend!

-priya

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priya_pbkCommented:
Instead of stuffing in a text Box, why don't you try writing it in another maskedit box with the same format.

So when you save it, wont that help.

-priya


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bfeddishAuthor Commented:

After the user exits the field with a 7 digit number I put in the area code automatically and and I want the field to display to the user properly right after they exit the field.

Bryan
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eeevansCommented:
What particular edit control are you using.  The one I'm using won't take anything that isn't already formatted.

eeevans
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bfeddishAuthor Commented:

Regular text box.
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bfeddishAuthor Commented:

That was it!

Thanks!
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