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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Aug 8, 1997

Blanks in the Masked Edit Control

The Microsoft Masked Edit control only allows input that matches the mask. Similarly, you can only set the Text property to a string that matches the mask. If you have a mask for a phone number that only allows numbers (#), you cannot set the text to blanks. An easy way to set the text to blank is with this code:

 
vTemp = mskPhone.Mask
mskPhone.Mask = ""
mskPhone.Text = ""
mskPhone.Mask = vTemp




Removing the mask allows you to set the text to any appropriate string. Restore the mask afterwards. I use this code in the validation event of a data control when adding a new record.

Scott Wallace
 
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