How do I make a button that is the default when I press enter?

Posted on 2003-03-22
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I feel like an idiot.  be gentle?

Question by:80083r
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ignacioperez earned 200 total points
ID: 8186117
I'm not so sure what you're asking, but I guess what you want is to make a button your default button in the form. To do that, you only have to set the "Default" property (you can do that at design time) of your command to "true"

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ID: 8186268
On the other hand, if what you want to do is make a button the default on a message box, you tell VB in the code that calls the message box.

For example:

    MsgBox "Some text here that I want to share.", vbYesNo + vbDefaultButton2

This code would display a yes no message box and make the 2nd button (the No) the default.  If you wanted yes to be default, technically you could change vbDefaultButton2 to vbDefaultButton1, but that's not needed, as the first button is the default automatically, unless you tell vb you want it otherwise.

Hope that helps.

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ID: 8187411
you have the answer already...Simply set the Default property of the Command Button in question to TRUE.  That becomes the Button that is clicked when the user presses the Enter Key...Is that what you mea?

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ID: 8189769
Alternatively, you can set the tabindex property at design time to control which fields the user can tab through at run-time. Set non tabbed fields to 0. Set the default control to a value of 1.


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ID: 8189884
BTW, you will also have to set the TABSTOP property to False for any text boxes that you don't wish to be in the tabbing order.


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ID: 8193626
yup, that's exactly what I was asking.  It was a brain fart.  (pppppphhhhhhhlllllllbbbbbTTTTTT!!!!) I think some brains just leaked out my ear. :)

Thanks everyone.

Incidentally, the cmd button set to default remains the default if enter is pressed, correct?  What happens if I have a multiline textbox in the form, and the user presses enter there?

I suppose I could do a runtime set of the default propert on gotfocus() and lostfocus() ?



-someday they are going to pay me for all this programming.
-until then, it will be full of bugs, and take exceptionally long periods of time to develop.  Solitaire anyone?

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