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Hi all,

Simple question for you - how do I select all the text of a text box using vba?
I have a form where the user inputs a value into a textbox, some code runs checking if it's valid, and if not I have...

varans = MsgBox("The CDB you entered is not valid, please retype", vbCritical, "Invalid CDB")
Me.CDB.SetFocus

What I want is for it to automatically go back to the textbox, preferably with the old input text higlighted. At the moment however it skips to the next input item on the form.

Thanks for your help - I'm learning on the job here :)
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Question by:shifty_mc
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by:Data-Man
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Make sure your code is in the BeforeUpdate event on the control in question.

Also, you don't need to retrieve the value from the msgbox, you aren't using it.

'Validation Rule
If me.CDB<> blah blah blah
     MsgBox "The CDB you entered is not valid, please retype", vbCritical, "Invalid CDB"
     Cancel = True
End If



Mike


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by:shifty_mc
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Ah ok, I moved it from AfterUpdate to Before, but now I get an error saying the field must be saved before I use the SetFocus method.

Any ideas?

Also - I have the same issue but I need it to happen in the LostFocus event. Is there a way that will work? (because it doesn't at the moment)

Thanks
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by:Data-Man
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You don't need the setfocus.  

If you cancel the event the cursor will stay in the field.

Mike
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by:shifty_mc
ID: 12028141
Ok great, but is there any way of higlighting the whole text rather than just putting the cursor back at the end?
And the LostFocus question still stands...

Thanks, I appreciate the help.

(ps I'm leaving work now there'll be a brief gap before I respond to any replies)
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by:dannywareham
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If you want to highlight the whole text, i believe that setfocus will work   -         me.CBD.setfocus

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Me.CBD.SelStart = 1
Me.CBD.SelLength = Len(Me.CBD.Value)


Mike
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Ok, thanks - it's much appreciated.  Points awarded
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