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C# MaskedTextBox -- ignore BLANK text ?

Posted on 2012-03-14
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How can I change the below so when users remove a date from the below TEXTBOX and click "TAB" it goes to the next control ?

Currently FOCUS remains on the current control and their only option is to enter a bogus date like 09/09/2099.

        private void dATE_DISTRUBUTEDMaskedTextBox_Validating(object sender, CancelEventArgs e)
        {
            if (dATE_DISTRUBUTEDMaskedTextBox.Text == "  /  /")
            {
                e.Cancel = true;
            }
        }
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Question by:finance_teacher
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by:brendanmeyer
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try <nextcontrol>.Focus();
<nextcontrol> being the name of the next control eg: textbox2
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by:finance_teacher
ID: 37720053
That also fails, keeping focus in the original control.
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by:gery128
ID: 37720165
According to following link, you can use this property of MaskedTextBox to go ahead with blank space:

dATE_DISTRUBUTEDMaskedTextBox.ResetOnSpace = false;

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8334838/can-a-winforms-maskedtextbox-allow-spaces
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Can you try this? this will allow blank/empty date input (e.g. textbox with no date but mask only)
  private void dATE_DISTRUBUTEDMaskedTextBox_Validating(object sender, CancelEventArgs e)
        {
            if (dATE_DISTRUBUTEDMaskedTextBox.Text == "  /  /")
            {
                e.Cancel = false;
            }
        }

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by:finance_teacher
ID: 37721134
Both of the above failed, e.Cancel ran, but kept focus on the current control.
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