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Hi, I'm using VB 2005, WinForms. I've added a MaskedTextBox to my Form and formatted it to accept telephone numbers [i.e. (999) 999-9999].

When the field has no data in it, it looks like this [(___) ___-_____]. However, when I tab over to the field, my cursor lands right before the first parentheses.  My cursor is represented here by the plus character (+) [i.e. +(___) ___-_____]. How do I get my cursor to begin inside the parentheses like this; [i.e. (+__) ___-_____]?

I don't see a "Padding" parameter in the control. How can I create one that will force the cursor to land where I want it to land?

Thanks,
Fulano
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jpaulino earned 2000 total points
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Hi Fulano,
You can use the GotFocus event to place the cursor.
Try this way:

    Private Sub MaskedTextBox1_GotFocus(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MaskedTextBox1.GotFocus
        Me.MaskedTextBox1.Select(2, 0)
    End Sub

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by:Mr_Fulano
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Hi JPaulino, almost...it was

Me.MaskedTextBox1.Select(1, 0)

However, you had the right idea, I just think you had a typo in your response.

Thanks very much!
Fulano
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>> I just think you had a typo in your response.
LOL
Yes, it was a typo!
Gald I could help
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