Set Keyboard Focus to a non child control

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    Set Keyboard Focus to a non child control

    Hi, I am stuck in a problem where I have to set keyboard focus on a rectangle ( means I should get WM_KEYDOWN and WM_KEYUP when I press the key). You can think of it as the keyboard handling we get in a calendar (like in MS Outlook). I have a modal dialog and several rectangles (which are not any controls) and I want to fill each of them with a color when the keyboard focus goes from one to another.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Use STATIC controls, with the SS_NOTIFY style.

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    Thanks for answering.. it seems that I will have to rewrite a lot of my code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaurav_13191 View Post
    Thanks for answering.. it seems that I will have to rewrite a lot of my code.
    You might be getting WM_MOUSEMOVE from the parent window and you could perhaps work out some other means for the keyboard problem.

    But static controls make this a lot easier... you can TAB to them and if you use the WM_GROUP style you can isolate them for use with the arrow keys far easier... Changing the colors can be handled with the WM_CTLCOLORSTATIC message...

    So I think it would be a lot simpler to just make a bunch of static controls and work from there...


    As for rewriting big chunks of code... my friend that's life... happens all the time.

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