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Can't copy ActiveX controls on A5V9 forms

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    Can't copy ActiveX controls on A5V9 forms

    Has anyone been able to copy third party activeX controls on their A5V9 forms?

    I have tried with four different activeX controls from four different vendors and have had no luck.

    I placed the following controls on my form
    1. ctButtom from DBI-Tech
    2. Xtreme Data Picker for Codejock Software
    3. Microsoft Web browser
    4. FMS gauge (like your gas tank)

    I select a control, right click to Copy, then place the cursor on the form, right click to Paste and nothing happens. I was expecting to see a copy of the control.

    Next I selected all four controls, right click to Cut, then right click to paste and nothing happens. I was expecting to see a copy of each of the four controls. The four controls simply disappeared. What's going on here?

    I repeated this exercise with Microsoft Access 2003. Each of the above controls was successfully copied.

    Any idea of how to get Alpha to paste a control that it has copied?

    This is an important feature if you plan to create a "reference" style form and copy controls such as buttons to your application form.

    Bob McGaffic
    Last edited by rmcgaffic; 09-08-2008, 08:03 PM.

    Re: Can't copy ActiveX controls on A5V9 forms

    You generally insert the object onto the form.
    Pick ActiveX object and then select the one you want.


      Re: Can't copy ActiveX controls on A5V9 forms


      You are right that objects can individually inserted on the form. But doing so is time consuming if you have mutliple button objects that you want to copy from form to form.

      Alpha's button control does not appear to offer users the same flexibility that is used by Alpha Five itself. I want to replicate the appearance of the Alpha buttons shown below that have no border until cursor passes over.

      Has anyone been able to do this with the native A5v9 button control?

      Bob McGaffic


        Re: Can't copy ActiveX controls on A5V9 forms


        I'm not sure I've understood you correctly but couldn't you use the onflyover and onflyoverleave events to control the buttons border properties.

        For example you could change the border colour using

        parentform:Button1.border.color = "Pale Blue"


          Re: Can't copy ActiveX controls on A5V9 forms

          Thanks, Geoff!

          I though flyover was just for the button background color, which is what the Alpha demos demonstrate -- every day you learn something new. Thanks for the suggestion!

          Bob McGaffic