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    Is there a way to program the F keys to do certain things?? Such as F5 would enter a new client, F6 would go to a new invoice....etc....?????

  • #2
    RE: F keys


    The answer to your question is yes.

    Use the "ONKEY" function.

    Here is an example:

    If a_user.key.value = "{F5}"
    a_user.key.handled = .T.
    End If

    Hope this helps,



    • #3
      RE: F keys

      Would this also work for ALT+some key, CTL+some key or ALT+CTL+some key???????

      Dick Coleman


      • #4
        RE: F keys


        Yes! the % is for ALT and the ^ is for CTL

        {%f} = ALT+f
        {^f} = CTL+f
        {%^f} = ALT+CTL+f



        • #5
          RE: F keys


          the OnKey events available for forms are discussed in the Events section of the Programming with Xbasic chapter in the Xbasic Reference.

          See also, the discussion of the function


          for a table listing the identifiers used by Alpha Five for different keystroke combinations.

          -- tom


          • #6
            RE: F keys

            this might be moot or even dumb???

            Is A5 quick enuff to differentiate between:
            CTL+ALT+f and ALT+CTL+f ???????

            Or does it matter in which sequence the ALT and the CTL are pressed....????

            I've never known it to matter in DOS or Windows, but one can never tell...



            • #7
              RE: F keys


              I could be wrong, but I don't think there is a key sequence issue. Its either they are both held down or not. I would stick with {%^F} sysntax since this is how the key recorder shows it.



              • #8
                RE: F keys

                You already have the answer - use the OnKey function - but here is some other food for thought....

                After much trial an error, I've settled on the following:
                F8 = Alt-DownArrow (to open drop-downs without the mouse)
                F9 remains the Save key.
                F10 = Push the "Enter_btn" button.
                F11 = Push the "Find_btn" button.
                F12 = Push the "Done_btn" button.

                F8 normally switches to the browse view but I have never had a situation where I want my users to arbitrarily switch to the browse where they have full access to the system menu and toolbar. So, if I want them to be able to access a browse, it's usually an embedded browse on a form. At any rate, I want the normal F8-to-browse function disabled so using it to open drop-downs works great for me.

                The F10-12 keys push a button so that the OnKey code can remain standard anywhere in my app(s) and specific code can be put in the button itself. The only "trick" here then is to make sure the button gets named as above even if, for example, the text in the Done_btn is Close, Exit, Return, etc.

                Here's the exact code I use for the F12 action:

                IF a_user.key.value = "{F12}"
                a_user.key.handled = .T.
                IF a_user.key.event = "down"
                END IF
                END IF


                • #9
                  RE: F keys

                  Understand about the 'done_btn' but not the other two..

                  enter_btn and find_btn.....

                  could you give me a brief idea of what they are doing when pressed???

                  thanx in advance