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Select item in ComboBox by using arrow-keys and pressing [Enter]

Knut Ole
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i have a combobox linked with a table, and have made it dropdown on keydown event. as i write, the matching alternatives will show up in the combobox, but when i move down with the arrows and press enter, the selection does not end up being the item in "focus" - but some random (?) other item. if i press the item in the dropdown box with my mouse, however, it works fine.

any ideas? thank you very much!
Apr 4 '11 #1
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Not sure without it in front of me, but maybe the spacebar would work for actually selecting an item.
Apr 4 '11 #2
Knut Ole
70 New Member
nope... what im looking for is how to code it manually, basically - is there a method for picking up whatever line is "selected" (ie. highlighted) in the combobox when i press enter, for example?
Apr 5 '11 #3
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Again, this isn't something I can help with without the item to look at and play with I'm afraid. I don't even really understand what you're after or why, but as I cannot help I won't ask for that to be posted.
Apr 7 '11 #4
Knut Ole
70 New Member
to put it another way, what actually happens when you press enter in a combobox after having moved the selector-highlighter-line down a few steps in the list?
Apr 8 '11 #5
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I would normally expect the result to be the newly navigated-to value. However, this may be affected by settings on the control itself. Frankly, the only settings I would expect to affect this behaviour would be available only in a ListBox control (Multi-Select). In that situation the <space> is used to select multiple items, before submitting the selection with the <Enter>.
Apr 8 '11 #6
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Why are you manually programming the down and up arrows to choose an item in the combo box? Isn't that behavior already predefined? And therefore, wouldn't redefining it again cause it to move two spaces instead of 1?
Apr 8 '11 #7
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My understanding is that the KeyDown event is simply used to open up the ComboBox (as opposed to handling directional movement within the control when it's already open).
Apr 8 '11 #8
Knut Ole
70 New Member
there was a missing end sub... what can i say.. thanks!
Apr 9 '11 #9

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