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    Getting cursor to field

    I have a form that is automatically loaded upon opening a database. How do I get the cursor to a particular field automatically on that form ?

    I have tried several commands but none have worked so far.


    RE: Getting cursor to field

    Victor, there are a couple of alternatives.

    1) arrange the tab order for the fields so that the desired field is first; or

    2) In the form's OnActivate event shift focus to the desired field using the activate() method:


    Notice the colon and the period. Is required syntax.

    -- tom


      RE: Getting cursor to field


      Thanks for your help, and it worked...sort of.

      First, the syntax is not 'this:yourfieldname.activate()' has to be 'this:objectname(of field).activate()'.

      Secondly, it does work if application is on single computer; but it is not working on the networked application. The networked application puts the cursor in the field OK, but it is not focused and program on status bar is blinking orange. It forces you to click on field to change status to blue and give field focus.

      Maybe it's a problem without the windows operating system. I have seen the networked application work OK on one computer that is networked.



        RE: Getting cursor to field


        You're welcome.

        Thanks for pointing out the difference between a field name and an object name. As you know these are often the same, but not always.

        On your second issue, maybe your script is running at a time when the form itself has not yet received focus. I suggest you consider moving the cursor positioning script to the onActivate event for the called form.

        -- tom


          RE: Getting cursor to field


          Another approach would be to use the autoexec script to LOAD the form, ACTIVATE the desired field (Object), and then SHOW the form. This would bypass the use of the OnActivate script in the form itself.

          -- tom


            RE: Getting cursor to field


            Thanks again; but we still are not quite there. What you gave me will work if I am loading from my network connection, but what I found is that it will NOT work after Network Optimizing and clicking on my icon that's on the desktop to open the app.



              RE: Getting cursor to field

              Since I've suggested several things I don't know which of them you are now talking about... The autoexec approach is probably the best way to go. Have you tried it?


                RE: Getting cursor to field


                If your first field in tab order on your form is DIFFERENT from the field object you're trying to activate, these are mutually inconsistent. I recommend you adjust the tab sequence so that Alpha Five doesn't ask the form to do inconsistent things each time the form is first opened.

                If you will zip the application and post it here we can check it for you.

                -- tom


                  RE: Getting cursor to field

                  May not be the best but I use the SEND KEY command to place the cursor in the field desired. Being a network I'm sure the forms would all have the same TAB order for it to work.