Get focus back to Excel

Posted on 2014-11-15
Last Modified: 2014-11-25
I have an Excel/vba app that is used to place orders at Overstock.  Before the order is placed, a dialog box is generated in Excel asking the user if they want to place the order or not.  You don't see the dialog box, but excel starts flashing.  It you click on Excel, the dialog box appears.  Is there someway to get the focus back to Excel?
Question by:rrhandle8
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Expert Comment

ID: 40445294
Please post the code with the problem, or better yet post the workbook.

Which version of Excel are you using?
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Expert Comment

ID: 40445690
It is intentional that applications cannot bring themselves in front anymore. Instead, they are flashing in taskbar. This is to make sure noone intercepts interactive input for malicious purposes.

However, you can trick that (IIRC) by making the current window minized and then restore it back again. As you seem to trigger the Dialog Box call somehow from outside of Excel, it should not be difficult to change window state first.

Author Comment

ID: 40445837
Here is the code.
Credit card information is entered into the  web page, then I want the dialog box to ask the user if they want to proceed with the order.
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Author Comment

ID: 40445838
ieDoc.getElementById("CC_number").Value = frmOrderSystem.txtCreditCard
ieDoc.getElementById("exp_month").Value = frmOrderSystem.txtExpMonth
ieDoc.getElementById("exp_year").Value = frmOrderSystem.txtExpYear

Do While ieApp.Busy: DoEvents: Loop

If frmOrderSystem.chkPromptBeforePlacingOrder = True Then
    response = MsgBox("Do you want to place this order?" & vbCrLf & "ProfitLoss: " & ProfitLoss, vbYesNo)

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Expert Comment

ID: 40445902
There is no way to reasonable do that, if the Web page is shown for confirming it is the correct order to get placed. It only makes sense to either show the msgbox or IE in front, but not both. Unless the resolution is large enough to show both side by side ;-).

If you do need the IE only for executing your login / CC stuff, why not do that invisibly?

Author Comment

ID: 40459065
Cannot do it invisibly because we need to watch what is going on until we have the bugs work out of it.
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Accepted Solution

Qlemo earned 500 total points
ID: 40459348
Try if
Application.WindowState = xlMinimized
Application.WindowState = xlNormal

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before line 12 does the job.

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