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Button doesn't recieve WM_KEYDOWN for VK_RETURN

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I have a window (non-dialog) and some buttons.

When I start the application, the focus is on one of the buttons, however enter doesn't click the button, unless I first move around for example tab to another button then press enter to click that one, or even tab back to the original and it will work this time.

I've investigated what happens. The button does in fact recieve the WM_KEYDOWN for VK_RETURN, I've looked for it in Spy++, but the button's wndproc does not.

Even after I tab around, the button's wndproc still doesn't recieve it, but this time the parent gets the BN_CLICKED notification.

I'm looking for a way to get the WM_KEYDOWN for VK_RETURN, or at least a way to have the parent get the BN_CLICKED initially.
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by:evilrix
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I take it this button as set as the default button for the dialog?
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by:imw225
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No, it\s just the first tabstop, in some situations some buttons are visible, and sometimes others, so I need the first tabstop to get the focus.
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by:evilrix
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Ah, I've just noticed this isn't a dialog (sorry I missed that before). So you don't want Enter to always press this button, only when it has focus but initially, although it seems to have focus, it doesn't get clicked? Is that right? Sorry if I am repeating you but I just want to be sure I fully understand the problem.

How are you setting focus on this button? Are you doing this programatically,, (for example during the OnShow() event) or are you relying on some default z-order?
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by:imw225
ID: 21812215
Yes, it's correct.

At first I was relying on it being the first tabstop, but I've also tried ::SetFocus button's hWnd and I get the same result.

I've read about other people having this problem on some forums, however no solution was found.
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by:evilrix
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Long shot but have you also tried calling SetActiveWindow() for the buttons handle?
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by:imw225
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Yep, tried SetActiveWindow, SetForegroundWindow, no change.
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by:evilrix
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Sorry, I'm all out then :(
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by:imw225
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Solved by setting the BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON style along with giving focus.
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By the way if anyone else has this problem, my window is not a dialog yet the BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON style works.
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