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Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

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  • Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

    Is there a standard default key that a user can press when the Date Field is in focus and have Today's Date fill the field ?

    Also, when a Drop down Field is in focus, is there a default key that will open the field and show the options to select in say a Customer Account Number Field.

    E.G pressing F4 to open the drop down box.

    I think I have seen this somewhere before !

    Thanks for any help.

  • #2
    Re: Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

    A quick search of the help system for the term "shortcut keys" turned up this helpful page.

    Try Alt-Down Arrow to open the drop down field. This works, for example, with the lookup to customer table for the customer lastname, as illustrated in the Invoice form of the AlphaSports sample.


    • #3
      Re: Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

      Hi Tom,

      Many thanks for your help.

      Kind regards,



      • #4
        Re: Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

        I have a function I use in a form's OnKey event assigning Alt+Down to the F10 key to open a lookup field. This has worked at the form level and in an embedded browse - until v11. It will no longer work in the embedded browse. Is this typical in v11 to ignore the form's OnKey event?

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


        • #5
          Re: Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

          Many thanks Robin, I'll have a look and use it as it could be very useful for other F keys




          • #6
            Re: Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

            Hi Robin,

            There is no URL to the suggested function in your thread.




            • #7
              Re: Help with Keys to auto enter Today's Date

              Sorry Leslie, it is a global function I created as a wrapper for the OnKey event. All it does is send the {Alt}{down} key combination when the F10 function key on the keyboard is pressed. Previously this worked in any drop down or lookup field, but now will not work when that field is in an embedded browse on the form. I was hoping someone might know what is changed in v11 that I might need to reconsider for this function to work as it has before.

              Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford