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I have an html form with the following textarea:
<td colspan="2">
   <textarea rows="20" class="mywidth" name="body" required>
   </textarea>
</td>

It works fine with all web browsers (IE, FF, Chrome, Safari). The Enter key gives me a new line in the textarea. But when I open the html form in the Microsoft Web Browser ActiveX control in Microsoft Access, pressing the Enter key does nothing. If I paste text from say Notepad with carriage returns into the textarea in the form in the Microsoft Web Browser Control, it copies fine but I cannot enter carriage returns into the textarea using the Enter key.  Any idea what I need to do to allow that?

TIA
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MS desktop apps do not follow W3C standards and there is never any guarantee how well any document will migrate between standards compliant browsers and those apps.  

Anything produced n Office will have issues in a standards compliant browser due to the lack of standards support.  If activeX id involved it is even more of a problem.  Only IE support activeX and even IE 10 has reduced support for active X use as MS tries to a higher level of standards compliance. See: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/hh920753%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

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The link you provided addresses Windows 8. I am using Windows 7. It is strange since I do not have this problem with other sites I open in the browser control.

I have control of the website also. Is there something I can do there (with Java perhaps) to get the enter function?
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I am an HTML Expert, and I work with open source environment.  this is some kind of a problem with Access or Office and I don't have any additional ideas.  Perhaps we will ge an Access Expert coming in who can solve it.

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by:Gary
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Try CTRL + Enter
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by:thenelson
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>Try CTRL + Enter
I have: doesn't work. Neither does Sft + Enter, Alt + Enter or any combination of those.
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That was a completely random guess at a solution.

If the WB control can execute js (don't remember) you could attach onkeypress event to it and if the Enter key is pressed then manually add a CR in a js function

In searching I also found these which may work for you
http://tech.dir.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MS_Access_Professionals/conversations/topics/77218
http://www.developerfusion.com/thread/30753/carriage-return-in-a-webbrowser-control/
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by:thenelson
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Gary,
Your second link had the answer:
Any webpage with a texteara field will not put a carriage return with ctrl-enter or enter.  Fortunately for me I finally did find a key that would put an enter in this html form field, ctl-m.
I was working with MS access and here is what I did to make "carriage return" work like it should on a textarea field.


You set the keypreview to "on" on the main form.
On the main form put this code on the keyup event


if keycode = 13 then
 sendkeys "^m"
end if

Thanks!!
Nelson
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