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Recieving keypresses in a component that's not focused

Posted on 2004-10-15
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Hi, I have created my own XP-style button, wich descends from TCustomControl. I've got it working almost perfectly, except for the Default-property. I'm not really sure how to implement it, because I need to recieve keypresses to my button even when it is not focused to accomplish this... Thinking about maybe using Parent.OnKeyDown (which would mean the Form's KeyDown-event), but it doesn't seem like the right way to go... Is there an easier/better way?
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by:moorhouselondon
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I think you need to use the form's keypreview facility.  Quoted from Delphi help:-

"If KeyPreview is True, keyboard events occur on the form before they occur on the active control. (The active control is specified by the ActiveControl property.)

If KeyPreview is False, keyboard events occur only on the active control.

Navigation keys (Tab, BackTab, the arrow keys, and so on) are unaffected by KeyPreview because they do not generate keyboard events.

KeyPreview is False by default."

Even though your button is not the active control, you can still pre process all keypresses to see whether they are relevant to your control before allowing them to be passed on to other controls on the form.
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vadim_ti earned 250 total points
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i think you must make something like this (from tbutton source)
procedure CMDialogKey(var Message: TCMDialogKey); message CM_DIALOGKEY;


procedure TYourButton.CMDialogKey(var Message: TCMDialogKey);
begin
  with Message do
    if  (((CharCode = VK_RETURN) and FActive) or
      ((CharCode = VK_ESCAPE) and FCancel)) and
      (KeyDataToShiftState(Message.KeyData) = []) and CanFocus then
    begin
      Click;
      Result := 1;
    end else
      inherited;
end;

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