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  • Menu Select With Keyboard

    In Alpha Sports The Is The Main Menu

    Sales People
    Review Sales History
    Misc Examples
    New In Version 9

    Instead Of Using The Mouse To Make A Selection I Would Like To Use The Keyboard (lets Say Press The 'c' Key To Go To Anything That Began With C) Then Press Enter To Select My Choice. (trying To Be Less Dependant On The Mouse).

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    Re: Menu Select With Keyboard


    I couldn't think of the name, but looked at the bottom of your message for similar threads.

    Found accelerator keys
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      Re: Menu Select With Keyboard

      Hi Paul,

      eg Put the & in front of Invoice on the AlphaSports Main Menu. It Should now look like Invoice. Notice the underline to the letter I.To make it work use Ctrl+I. It wont work if the button already has focus, in which case you only need to hit the Enter key. You can do this for any letter on the button label.

      It will always be Ctrl+the_letter_that_has_got_the_& infront of it.
      Keith Hubert
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        Re: Menu Select With Keyboard

        Originally posted by Keith Hubert View Post
        Hi Paul,

        eg Put the & in front of Invoice on the AlphaSports Main Menu. It Should now look like Invoice. Notice the underline to the letter I.To make it work use Ctrl+I. It wont work if the button already has focus, in which case you only need to hit the Enter key. You can do this for any letter on the button label.

        It will always be Ctrl+the_letter_that_has_got_the_& infront of it.
        But could you make it work as desired? Every time I tried something like that Ctrl-I opened the Index dialog and Ctrl-C ran the Copy action. As a result, I don't use that method anymore. (Something tells me they switched it to use the Alt key but I'm not sure. However, I find the Alt key very "user unfriendly".)

        I don't do it often but I sometimes use OnKey commands to trap the keystrokes when on a menu form. However, I don't do that if there any fields on the form. Why don't I do it more often? Because...

        1. It takes a lot longer to code.

        2. If you do that on the menu forms then users start to expect the same thing to work on other forms. So now they want the computer to read their mind and use Ctrl-C to activate the "Close" button when they want to close the form and the same Ctrl-C to run the "Copy" command when they want to copy something. OR, since Ctrl-C won't work... Now they want the computer to read their mind and use C to enter the letter C when typing in a field and they want the same letter C to close the form when they're done. (Even though the cursor is still inside a field!). Of course, there's always the Alt key but, as mentioned above, I find most people don't find that easy to use and end up hitting the Ctrl key instead - more confusion.

        3. Last but not least - too many people don't understand that using the mouse slows down your work so they use the mouse anyway. (So why did I take the time and effort to code it if they are just going to use the mouse?)

        In short, I pretty much gave up the idea of getting something like that to work well without a lot of hassle.

        If someone else is having good success with it, please tell me how you're doing it and/or what I'm doing wrong.