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Language: Visual Basic Classic (6 and earlier)
Expertise: Advanced
Oct 27, 2016



Something to Remember When Filtering Keystrokes

Filtering user input is extremely mundane. Who never captured user's keystrokes in a TextBox in order to avoid some forbidden input, such as numbers or letters?

If you went down this rabbit hole, here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. User can hit navigational keys like Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Home, End, or Tab. They are perfectly valid keys in a TextBox.
  2. Remember to allow selection combinations keys like Shift + Home, Shift + End, Shift + Left Arrow, and Shift + Right Arrow as well.
  3. Del and Back Space should never be filtered out.
  4. You should probably allow Ctrl + C and Ctrl + X combinations, but maybe restrict Ctrl + V.
  5. If you restricted Ctrl + V, you should think what to do when user right-clicks the TextBox and select Paste in the contextual menu that appears.
  6. If your TextBox has an associated Help context ID, you should allow the F1 key.
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