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I am using visual basic 2010 and I am trying to determine if there is any activity on a form (keypresses, mourseclicks, etc).  Is there any way to do this besides adding a keypress and mouseclick event on every control?
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You should be able to intercept this at the form level:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms171538.aspx
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For the KeyPress, you can set the KeyPreview property of the Form to True, and you will be able to grab all the key presses in the Form KeyPress event before they go to the individual controls.

For the other events, you can do the following.

Create the event procedure for one of the controls.

Remove the Handles clause at the end of the method declaration.

Add something like the following code at the end of the Form_Load event:
For Each ctl As Control In Me.Controls
    AddHandler ctl.<EventName>, AddressOf <NameOfTheEventProcedure>
Next

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Here is one for the MouseClick:
For Each ctl As Control In Me.Controls
    AddHandler ctl.MouseClick, AddressOf TextBox1_MouseClick
Next

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Inside of the event, if you need to reference the control that triggerend the event, you can do the following with the sender parameter:
Private Sub TextBox1_MouseClick(sender As Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.MouseEventArgs) Handles TextBox1.MouseClick
    Dim callingControl As Control
    callingControl = DirectCast(sender, Control)
    MessageBox.Show("This has been called by " & callingControl.Name)
End Sub

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