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Undo changes in a TextBox control

Undo changes in a TextBox control

The TextBox control supports the capability to undo changes, but there is no property or method that exposes this feature. You can achieve the same goal with a a set of messages.

Private Declare Function SendMessage Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" (ByVal _    hwnd As Long, ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, _    lParam As Any) As LongConst EM_CANUNDO = &HC6Const EM_UNDO = &HC7Const EM_EMPTYUNDOBUFFER = &HCD

The EM_CANUNDO message returns a non-zero value if the contents of the TextBox control can undone. The EM_UNDO message actually undoes all changes:. The following code demonstrates how you can use these messages in a typical Edit menu:

Private Sub mnuEdit_Click()    If TypeOf ActiveControl Is TextBox Then        ' check whether changes to the current         ' TextBox control can be undone        mnuEditUndo.Enabled = SendMessage(ActiveControl.hWnd, EM_CANUNDO, 0, _            ByVal 0&)    Else        ' in all other cases, disable this menu command        mnuEditUndo.Enabled = False    End IfEnd SubPrivate Sub mnuEditUndo_Click()    ' Undo the most recent edit operation on the active control     ' (no need to use TypeOf...Is to check the control's type)    SendMessage ActiveControl.hWnd, EM_UNDO, 0, ByVal 0&End Sub

Finally, the EM_EMPTYUNDOBUFFER clears the internal undo buffer, so that the user can’t undo changes.

SendMessage ActiveControl.hWnd, EM_EMPTYUNDOBUFFER, 0, ByVal 0&

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