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Reselect form

Posted on 2011-09-30
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a Form in Access from which a Command Button opens a child form.  When the child form opens the focus moves - all OK so far.  When I close the child form the parent form is not in focus - i.e the title bar is greyed out.

I have tried using Forms!fName!fieldName.SetFocus but that doesn't work

How can I reselect teh Parent form please
Question by:MikeDTE
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Expert Comment

ID: 36891167
That *should* happen automatically, unless something else is hogging the focus.

Do you have any other popup or modal forms or reports open?

What actually is in focus when Form 2 closes?

Author Comment

ID: 36891182
Both parent and child forms are in fact Popups.  Form A calls Form B, Form B Calls Form C.  Form C is close and sets focus back to Form A rather than Form B.

Author Comment

ID: 36891185
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Expert Comment

ID: 36891202
Okay -

Make sure that form A  is not Popup/modal (If form B is a popup/modal form, that should ensure that it gets the focus when form C closes)

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Accepted Solution

mbizup earned 500 total points
ID: 36891221
Also, just a thought - I usually avoid the popup and modal properties altogether, and use acDialog to lock focus on certain forms as needed.

So from form A (which is neither popup or modal):

Docmd.OpenForm "FormB",,,,,acdialog

and from Form B

Docmd.OpenForm "FormC",,,,,acdialog


Author Closing Comment

ID: 36893946
Thanks once again mbizup - you helped me earlier this month as well (remember the reference to Virginia Tech?)
I didn't like the Pop-up windows really and the solution use acdialog is very effective at achieveing the same thing.  Plus I can anchor the child form into the middle of the parent form to make it noticable!
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Expert Comment

ID: 36894076
Hi Mike,

Glad to help out again!

Another neat (and occasionally useful) thing about acDialog is that it actually suspends the code execution in the calling routine temporarily while the popup form is open, and then resumes the code at the next line when you close the popup form.  That allows you to from a main form open a popup that does stuff that the main form is dependent on, and then resume the code in the main form to process whatever information it was waiting for when the user closes the popup form.

The modal and popup properties lock the focus, but don't suspend the code like this.

Author Comment

ID: 36894116
Thanks for this extra info - very useful.  My experience is VB and not VBA and the syntax is very difference althogh the structure is the same.

I am having problems with opeing tables that are not in the Record Sorce of the form - watch out for a post on this.

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