arrow keys acting like tab key on controls added at runtime

Posted on 2003-03-20
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Last Modified: 2010-04-07
Hi, Here's my code... I add a usercontrol to a form at runtime and add textboxes to a frame on the usercontrol. When the form loads however, the arrow keys on these textboxes act like tabs, moving the cursor to the next textbox. When user clicks on another control (added at design time) on the screen and come back to the textboxes, the arrow keys start behaving fine.
Any idea why this may occur, and how I could fix it?


Private WithEvents MyEditor As VBControlExtender

Set MyEditor = MyForm.Controls.Add("ctlMyUserControl", "MyEditor")
MyEditor.Visible = True

MyEditor.object.Controls.Add "VB.TextBox", "txtName", MyEditor.object.Controls("frameUserInfo")
MyEditor.object.Controls.Add "VB.TextBox", "txtAddress", MyEditor.object.Controls("frameUserInfo")
Question by:powerstreak
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supunr earned 300 total points
ID: 8177658
I am not sure this will work, but try doing this in Form_Activate event....

cmdButton.SetFocus ' forcus to any design time conrol
SendKeys "{TAB}"
txtName.SetFocus ' now focus back to whereever you want

Good Luck!

Author Comment

ID: 8178062
The form starts out empty...the usercontrol is loaded at runtime.
I sent a WM_LBUTTONDOWN message to an existing control on the usercontrol during Initproperties and it worked. Wish I'd known the underlying reason for this behaviour.
Thanks though, for sending me in the right direction.


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