Forms :: Use The Focus Events Of The Combobox's To Determine?

Jan 7, 2010

I have two questions for anyone who can throw some idea's my way question 1:I am currently working on a control with three combo box's. This control will be nested on a form, and I want the on-board timer to track how long each control is active. I am trying to use the focus events of the combobox's to determine if the control is active so the program will know when the timer should be started and stopped. My problem is, for example, when the user causes the text property of the combo boxes to change, the folowing code runs:


As you can see, there are points in this sub-routine that can cause the focus to shift, as well as fire the text changed event. While this all happens faster than is really noticable, I would like to eliminate the extra cycles if at all possible. As I mentioned in question one, I am adding this control to a form, to be more clear I am adding multiple instances of this control to a single form, and I am trying to use the focus events to determine which of the controls within the form are active; however, when the form itself is no longer the active application, whether it is minimized, behind another application or otherwise, all of the timers stop. I want whichever control was active at the time that the form was deactivated, to continue as if nothing changed.


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Apr 3, 2009

I am migrating my code from 1.1 framework to 3.5In my windows application, the base window has some buttons and events are written for the same.I have shortcuts defined for these buttons also, for example: ctrl+d, DEL (keyboard) etc.Now i open a property Grid form on top of my base window for a selected object.Even when the focus is on this property grid, i am noticing that my base window events are firing on pressing those shortcuts.

example:I select some text in my property grid and hit delete button from keyboard. The delete event that i have written for the selected object gets fired and the text is not deleting.I fail to understand why is it happening. It wasnt behaving like this in .net 1.1.In .net 1.1 it would delete the text and only when the focus is back on the base window, hitting Delete would call the event.How do i control such a behavior? Is there some property that i need to set for property grid in .net 3.5 to prevent base window events from firing till the time focus is on property grid form?

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I found that the way of doing this is "SetStyle(Windows.Forms.ControlStyles.Selectable, False)". I put that in the new event of my usercontrol and now it looks like this:

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Updated:I found out that the ComboBox doesn't change the data when the DisplayMember is in English characters. It changes only when the DisplayMember is in Unicode chracter.

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I can't seem to get input focus on a textbox when a tab page first comes up (I'm using Windows Forms, VB.NET 3.5). I have a textbox on a panel on a tab page, and I want the focus to be on the textbox when the tab page comes up. I want the user to be able to start typing immediately in the focused textbox without having to click on the textbox. I have tab stops set in the order I want and the textbox is the first tab stop. The tab stops work except that when the tab page comes up the focus is not on the textbox, i.e. the one that's first in the tab order.

In the Enter event handler of the tab page I call the Focus method of the text box, but it returns False and does nothing, no error messages. I know I can access the text box because at the same point in the code I can set the text of the text box.If it matters, the layout of the tab page is a little complicated:[URL]..I want to set the focus on TextBox1.

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Jul 3, 2009

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Jun 9, 2009

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Feb 4, 2009

is it possible to have the same effect as a dialogue box, with form focus? eg, when using the open dialogue box, if you try to focus on another form within the app, it doesn't' let you and starts flashing. But when you switch to another app, it doesn't interfere.

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Jan 23, 2011

I have 1 form with about 5 other forms added into it. How can I check which form the user is currently on. I have tried using gotfocus for the 5 forms within, but it doesn't work. is there another way of seeing when focus has changed within the form?

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Dec 20, 2009

currently I have a Customer Master screen. Inside the screen, I have a button which call the Customer sub window.

When I call the sub window, I want the set the cursor at Textbox1.

The problem is, when I call the window for 1st time, the cursor stops at Textbox1. When I call the window for 2nd or 3rd time, the cursor stops at other textbox or buttons inside the sub window.

Seems like Textbox1.focus is not working.

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Jan 18, 2011

I have a form from which I am visually representing data (from access database). I have set up a user log on a separate form (allows user to make comments as they scroll through the data and see any points of interest etc). The second form is linked via a textbox in terms of a common field in this case the field name is "Datetime".

What I want to do is be able to scroll through the data and make notes on the second form and add them to another table in the database. I have managed to do all the above but obviously loose focus of the second form when i scroll through the data on the first. Is there any way of being able to interact with both forms at the same time?

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Dec 4, 2009

I am bringing back here the subject of the communication between forms. The reason for this is that in a recent discussion in this forum it was conclude that using the events for communication between forms was a good practice. In a first time, I want to say, and everybody should agree with this that no form should never access directly any value or control values that belong to another form. There are many reasons for this but the principal one can be seen in this example

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But, if Form2 does access the directly the controls of Form1, it is possible for the value of MyName to be set to something else since Form2 can have changed the value of TextBox1.Text before the assignment by Form1 to MyName. Now, what is wrong about using the events for the communication? The problem is that an event is broadcasted throughout the entire application, so the conversations in between two forms are not private.

Look at this scenario:
You have 3 forms in an application that communicate with each other with events. It is then possible for Form3 to listen to a communication between Form1 and Form2. It is also possible for Form3 to make the error to believe that the message send by Form1 to Form2 was address to itself. In this case, Form3, following this message may take some action that should not have been done and that result in some undesirable repercussion throughout the application.

This code keep the communication in between 2 forms private so no other forms or class in the application can listen at it and accidentally take an undesirable action due to a mistake.
Option Strict On
Public Class Form1
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Dim Form2 As New Frm2
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I have a main form that contains a vertical SplitContainer.Inside the SplitContainer's left panel, I have a TreeView control.Inside the SplitContainer's right panel, I have another SplitContainer (this one horizontal). This container is fixed, with headings above the split and a Panel control below it.I dynamically load my own user controls into the Panel control whenever the tree view changes.

Most of the user controls that are dynamically loaded have a DataGridView that should receive focus when the control is initialized. Sometimes this grid is on the UserControl surface directly; sometimes it's in a GroupBox; etc.What is the best way to programmatically set focus on the DataGridView control, given that it may placed within a variable number of control containers? I've tried the obvious - .Select, .Focus, .ActiveControl, etc. None of these seem to work - the TreeView item that I selected is still highlighted, and even though a record is selected in the DataGridView, it doesn't have focus.

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Feb 6, 2009

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So I am playing with mouseup, down, move, etc. When the mouse is over the first control I get mouse moves from that control, but when it moves off the events stop, and I get no events from the form even though the mouse is there.

Is there a way to do this? I have seen it done in a Java app. I could brute force it and just draw a box on the form instead of a control, but that sounds like a step back.

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