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Why isn't WM_CLOSE firing for a component in VB.NET

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I have derived a custom component from TextBox.
When the parent form is closing, I want to respond by closing a form that was opened.
But the code inside the following If statement doesn't get called.

What is necessary so that component gets the WM_CLOSE message?

    Protected Overrides Sub WndProc(ByRef m As System.Windows.Forms.Message)
        Const WM_CLOSE As Integer = &H10

        If m.Msg = WM_CLOSE Then
            BBHelpBubble.Instance.Close()
        End If

        MyBase.WndProc(m)
    End Sub
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Question by:brotherbill999
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by:Hillwaaa
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Hi brotherbill999,

I may be missing something here, but why not use:

Private Sub Form_closing(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs) Handles MyBase.Closing
  BBHelpBubble.Instance.Close()
End Sub

Cheers,
Hillwaaa
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by:brotherbill999
ID: 18041373
This is a component, so there doesn't seem to be a Form_Closing event to attach to.

Public Class BBTextBox
    Inherits TextBox
    ' ...
End Class
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by:Hillwaaa
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Sorry - I meant to put that in the parent form, not in the custom component.  That way when the parent form is closing you can automatically close the form that was opened (although you may want to check that it is actually open).

Am I misunderstanding your quesiton?
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by:brotherbill999
ID: 18041643
Yes, as a component author, I don't have control over the form that it goes into,
and the component should not require the consuming user to do anything other
than slap it on the form, set properties, and handle events.

They should not need to do housekeeping for the component's internals.
So, what I'm asking is how to respond to the event where the component's form
is closing.

Brother Bill
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Hillwaaa earned 2000 total points
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Ah, ok now I see...

I've not done much in this before - perhaps you could use the dispose method instead?

    Protected Overloads Overrides Sub Dispose(ByVal disposing As Boolean)
            If Not (<<test For BBHelpBubble>>) Then
                BBHelpBubble.Instance.Close()
            End If
        MyBase.Dispose(disposing)
    End Sub
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by:brotherbill999
ID: 18042502
Already has the Dispose code, but it wasn't firing.
The trick is that in the following code, it is critical to manually close the form.
Don't know why, as clicking the red Close Box already closed the form, but without firing Dispose!

           Dim frm As New frmMcM_trucking_driver()
           Dim rc As DialogResult = frm.ShowDialog()
           ' do something
   
           'Add this line, which caused frm.Dispose() to fire.   ' <<<<<<<
           frm.Close()                                                         ' <<<<<<<
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