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Is it possible to use the tab key within input controls? I would like to tab from Date input to my Time input, but once in time, the next time I hit tab key it would take me to minutes within the time control opposed to the next control (OK button)

Any help or hints would be greatly appreciated!

#Include <GuiDateTimePicker.au3>
#include <GUIConstants.au3>
Func TimeInput()
$tForm = GUICreate("Select Date/Time", 175, 175,-1,-1)
$tDate = GUICtrlCreateDate(@YEAR & "/" & @MON & "/" & @MDAY, 10, 10, 125, 20)
;select a specific default format
$style = "yyyy/MM/dd"
GUICtrlSendMsg($tdate, $DTM_SETFORMAT_, 0, $style)
$tTime = GuiCtrlCreateDate("",  10, 50, 100, 20, $DTS_TIMEFORMAT )
$tOK = GUICtrlCreateButton("OK", 10, 120, 75, 25)
While 1
$tmsg =GUIGetMsg()
If $tmsg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE Then
MsgBox(0,'',"Application aborted")
Switch $tmsg
   MsgBox(0,'',"Application aborted")
  Case $tOK
   $tDate = GUICtrlRead($tDate)

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Windows uses the left/right cursor keys to move between the date/time elements in the 2 inputs, while the Tab key moves between controls. AutoIt follows these conventions. You could perhaps intercept the Tab keypress and redirect it but it would be a lot of work - why not just accept the Windows defautl behaviour. :)


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Hi M23,

I was not aware of this information. If that's the case, then I will leave it as is, no sense going against the current.

Thanks for the info.

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I have implemented a simple solution to this in the following post:


Actually it isn't very useful for your purpose, but it does allow you to send TAB inside an edit control. It could be modified to do what you ask, but isn't needed in this instance.

Edited by czardas

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