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how to enable arrow key navigation in datagridview using vb.net

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Hello,

I hope someone has an easy, reasonable answer to my dilemma. I'm using an unbound datagridview and I would like to be able navigate through the records using the UP and Down keys. Currently, I'm able to navigate with the mouse only. I don't know if showing my code will help but I think the answer is applicable regardless of code.

Thank you in advance for your help
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by:jpaulino
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It's better to show some code!
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by:mkarkoukli
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The following code shows how I am loading the datagridview
 Private Sub GetTickets()
 
        Dim strSQLWhere As String
        Dim strSQLOrderBy As String
 
        strSQLWhere = "WHERE tblTicketsQueue.fkStatus NOT LIKE " & Statusclosed & " AND tblTicketsQueue.MarkForDeletion NOT LIKE 1 "
        strSQLOrderBy = "ORDER BY pkTicketID DESC"
 
        Try
            TicketList = TicketsDB.GetTickets(strSQLWhere, strSQLOrderBy)
            DataGridViewTickets.DataSource = TicketList
            ColorCodeRows()
            ArrangeGridData()
 
            Me.txtTicketsCount.Text = DataGridViewTickets.RowCount
        Catch ex As Exception
            MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, ex.GetType.ToString)
        End Try
    End Sub

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by:jpaulino
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No problem with that, but you normally can use the arrow keys in the datagridview. Do you use any code for the keyboard events ?
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by:mkarkoukli
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I'm not using any code for the arrow keys even. First I thought the datagridview has some functionality and 2nd when I click the Up and Down keys they don't do anything...
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by:jpaulino
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But you're using any code for some keyboard events ? Can you show a screenshot of your grid ?
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by:mkarkoukli
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I'm not using any code for the keyboard events! and when I click the UP and Down keys nothing the selector doesn't move in the datagridview.
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by:jpaulino
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Strange ... in a normal behavior of the datagridview you can move with the arrow keys on the cells or do you mean other thing for move record ? How do you do with the mouse ?
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by:mkarkoukli
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I can only select using the mouse. I wonder if I have set up some properties accidentally. Are you aware of any property  that might cause the disabling of the arrow keys.
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by:jpaulino
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>> Are you aware of any property  that might cause the disabling of the arrow keys.
I don't remember any one!
Why don't you add a new datagridview and try it ?
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by:mkarkoukli
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I tried your suggestion but it didn't seem to work. The funny thing, I have another datagridview box below it to show detail and in that one I am able to use the arrow keys..
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by:mkarkoukli
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I found the solution, On my click event of the datagridview I was executing some code and as a result I lost the focus, so what I did a added the as a last statement

datagridviewxx.focus   and that did it.javascript:void(0)
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Ok, I could not guess that. You have showed just some code.
 
But it's working! :)
 
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