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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2002

    Question Unanswered: Combo Box Text Highlighting Like Tab

    I have been looking for an answer to this in the help and online, but have been unable to find it. I would like to make the combo boxes in my application act friendlier. If you tab (or enter if you have that act like a tab) into a combo box it highlights the value there, and if you start to type a different value it replaces the old value there and autoexpands to that value if it exists in the list. But, if a user places their mouse in that field and clicks into it, it more than likely places the cursor in the middle of the displayed value, and any typing yields gibberish as it becomes the desired value wrapped in two halves of the previous value. I can't for the life of me find a way to emulate's selectall functionality so that the user doesn't have to double-click the field to try to select the entire contents before typing a new value. This is especially annoying on the pop-up forms that I use to allow the users to open reports subject to the values entered on the controls on that form. I thank you in advance for your help and your time.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Madison, WI
    You can autoexpand the combobox in the OnFocus (or OnEnter) event of the combobox field.


    or you can also set the cursor to the beginning of the combobox in the OnFocus event (should work for comboboxes like text boxes)...

    Private Sub txtYourTextBox_GotFocus()
    Me.txtYourTextBox.SelStart = 1 (or =0 depending on how your combobox is configured)
    End Sub

    One of the above or possibly a combination should do what you want it to do.

    Another thing I do with comboboxes is that I may set it "Limit to List" = true and then write some code in the "Not in List" event

    Response = acdataerrcontinue
    msgbox "Must match in the listing." (or open form to add new record or prompt user if they want to save new value.)
    me!myComboboxName = null

    FYI - To set the cursor to the end of the field...

    Private Sub memPropertyNotes_Enter()
    Me!memPropertyNotes.SelStart = Me!memPropertyNotes.SelLength
    End Sub
    Last edited by pkstormy; 07-01-09 at 20:45.
    Expert Database Programming
    MSAccess since 1.0, SQL Server since 6.5, Visual Basic (5.0, 6.0)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Train the user to TAB instead of click? That's what I do. Users quickly get used to it.
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