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Loading form which captures key input

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A little while ago I developed a nice little “loading form class”. It basically consists of a sub which initializes a separate thread which is used to run a borderless form with a loading animation on it. You say:
LoadingForm.Show(Owner As Control)

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And it does all the multithreading behind the scenes, then you sub continues until you call:
LoadingForm.Hide()

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At which point the thread is terminated and the form is closed.
      Anyway, I want to take advantage of this little async form in the following way. What if someone wants to cancel the process which his “loading” midway? I already set up a property in my LoadingForm called EscapePressed, which should be set to True if the escape key has been pressed at any time since “LoadingForm.Show” was called.
      My problem is that I’m not sure how to catch the escape key-press. Since this form is being run on a separate thread, it doesn’t operate as part of the windows forms hierarchy (i.e. the main for opens a dialog form which opens another dialog form, etc). I’m simulating the modal dialog box behavior by passing the control through the “Show” method which should be treated as the LoadingForm’s “parent form”. Meaning the loading form is positioned over that particular control.
      I’ve tried catching the KeyUp event of the LoadingForm itself, the “parent control” and the “parent form” (as retrieved by using the parent control’s FindForm function). Even with all this I can’t seem to capture the key press 100% of the time.
      I know this may not be possible (it’s a bit of a streatch), but I’d like to know the following:
1.      Is there a way I can capture the KeyUp event for every control/form in the entire application?
2.      is there a way I can keep this LoadingForm on top of every other form in the application (the way Form.TopMost does it) and can I do that without stealing focus from other application which may be running?
3.      Is there a better way to do all this?

Any help would be good.
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I guess I'm a bit confused why you would want escape to close the loading form even when the loadingform does not have the focus.
What if the user is typing something in an edit box and hits escape:  should this simply leave the edit box, or close the loading form?

It sounds like, though I may be misunderstanding, like the problem is due to the fact that the loadingform is not given the Focus when it's opened.  Giving it the Focus would ensure it's drawn on top, and handles keypresses.  Or perhaps the problem is giving the focus to the loading form, when switching back from a different app?
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by:BROOKLYN1950
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The problem is that since the loading form is on a separate thread, it does not behave like a child-form of the form that's calling it; meaning the user could click back onto the form and give other controls focus (take focus away from the loading form).
When this form is up, the user should be able to anything with the UI. Other than watch the loading GIF spin as background operations complete.
The point of this form is to have it manage the UI (by continuously calling Application.DoEvents) and check for the escape key press while the main form runs other code (calculations, SQL access, etc).
Really I'd like it if I could somehow stop any other control in MY application from getting focus while the form is up, while still allowing other users to switch their focus to other applications.
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I see.  Perhaps you could use the "Activated" Event handler for your forms.  In there, check to see if the LoadForm is open (e.g LoadForm.IsRunning), and if so, give it the focus instead.
Do you have lots of forms that might be open at this time?
I would suspect there IS an event you can use, for when you app as a whole, is given the focus, but I have found it yet.
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Well, looks like no one else can figure out this one either. I guess that the way I'm doing it probably wont work. Time to go work-around hunting. Thanks anyways.
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I gave up on the question.
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