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SharePoint 2010 WebPart Enter Key Behaviour

Posted on 2012-03-20
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Hi,

I've created a Multiple Item Form Webpart in SharePoint Designer (aka a DataFormWebPart), for SharePoint 2010. It has multiple rows and each row has multiple fields in text boxes. There is a Save and Cancel button at the bottom.

Note that this is created in Designer, not in code.

The problem I have is that if the user hits the enter key after typing a value anywhere in the form, the page refreshes and all the entries they have made vanish.

I would like it if either nothing happend if the user pressed Enter, or if at the form would save all the data.

The page this is has three web parts, and this problem occurs in second and third webparts. I think what is happening is that the first button in the first web part (and so the first button on the page) is responding to the Enter key. I can see it has focus in the browser.

I thought I could fix this by changing the DefaultButton property for the webpart to "DefaultButton='btnSave'", but that doesn't work.

I do notice that the btnSave doesn't actually post the form, but rather runs JavaScript in its onClick() event. Maybe that has something to do with it. I don't know.

Any ideas how I fix can fix this.
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by:dp_expert
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Can you open the development toolbar in IE and switch to the "Script" tab and start debugging and next press "Enter" to pinpoint where in code this key press is being intercepted?
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I figured out a way arund this in JavaScript. With the onkeypress event that SharePoint provides for the fields I added a call to a JS function that just tells it to ignore the enter key press. Works well.
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Ansered it myself
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