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Alternative to Application.SendKeys "Esc" as it is turning off/On num lock in the VBA

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Hi Experts,
I am using Application.SendKeys "Esc", True

in VBA code which works fine only issue is it automatically turns On & off Num Lock.

I have searched the net and found we should avoid sendkeys. Is there any alternative to this or any workaround ?

Looking forward to hearing frmo you.
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

this has been covered by MS-Support

http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/179987/en-us

Regards
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by:Rory Archibald
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Why do you need to send the Esc key in your code?
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by:satmisha
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I am inserting value in a cell from the popup which works fine but my cursor\pointer stays inside the cell and in order to take the cursor out of that cell I need to press esc key from keyboard.

I want to automate that by itself by using sendkeys but that leads me to another problem of num lock.

Please feel free to let me know you need more information.
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by:Rory Archibald
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I'm not clear what you mean by "I am inserting value in a cell from the popup". What popup?
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by:Rob Henson
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If you do need to go down the SendKeys route, pressing Esc will cancel entry in the cell; surely you need to press Enter.

Thanks
Rob H
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by:satmisha
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Thanks for your reply.

Apologies for confusion, I am taking values from user form to sheet. When value comes in a cell the focus\cursor remains inside the cell in order to take the cursor\focus out of the cell or on the cell I need to press Esc key.

Want to automate the manual way of doing Esc key, so I used
application.SendKeys "Esc",True
Snippet but it took me to the another problem of num lock on and off.

Requirement:
Is there a way other than sendkeys to simulate Esc key in VBA ? if yes then what I have to do.


I hope this would clear my requirement. Please feel free if you require any other info.
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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
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How are you "taking values from user form to sheet"? If you use something like this....

    Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("A1").Value = TextBox1.Text

...the cell does not receive focus.
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by:satmisha
ID: 40605169
I am using

On the user form I am using:
 ActiveCell.value = cmbTiger.value
and on the Worksheet_BeforeDoubleClick event I am using this to take the cursor from the cell
 Application.SendKeys "{ESC}", True
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by:Rory Archibald
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I'm baffled as to why you need Esc. That line of code would not put the cell in edit mode, so what exactly do you mean by "take the cursor from the cell"?
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by:Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)
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In the BeforeDoubleClick event, use this after any other code....

    Cancel = True

Wayne
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by:satmisha
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I have tried cancel = True but it didnt work.

Rory Archibald : "take the cursor from the cell"?
It means that my cursor stays inside the cell and if i try to navigate up or down i can not unless untill I press escape key to bring down the focus on the active cell.
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by:Rory Archibald
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Can you post a workbook showing what you mean? I cannot fathom what your actual problem is currently as nothing you have posted indicates a need to press Esc.
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by:satmisha
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Thanks Rory for your time, I do agree with you and will send that today evening.
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by:satmisha
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Apologies for late reply.
1. In the worksheet before double click event use following line
userForm. Show
2. In user Form button click use use
activeCell. Value="aa"
Me.hide

You would see when control comes on worksheet than cursor remain inside the cell rather on the cell.
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by:satmisha
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In order to take the cursor our of the cell I need to use .sendkeys "esc" which in turn off\on num lock
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Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 500 total points
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Cancel = True in the BeforeDoubleClick event does exactly what you want.
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by:satmisha
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Thanks it is working.
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