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Microsoft KB Archive/101551

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Controlling the Tab Order in Custom Dialogs PSS ID Number: Q101551 Article last modified on 07-14-1994

2.00 2.00a 2.00a-CD 2.00b 2.00c

WINDOWS

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, and 2.0c

SUMMARY

There is currently no facility in the Microsoft Word for Windows Dialog Editor for indicating the order in which items are selected when the TAB key is pressed. Instead, the tab order is determined by the position of the item descriptions within the actual custom dialog definition.

By default, this tab order follows the order in which items were created in the dialog box editor. In order to change this order, you can physically reorder the item definitions in the dialog definition after it has been copied into the macro editing window.

MORE INFORMATION

Consider the following dialog example:

Sub Main Begin Dialog UserDialog 362, 275, “Microsoft Word” CancelButton 106, 246, 79, 21 OKButton 16, 246, 79, 21 TextBox 110, 5, 230, 18, .Text CheckBox 18, 33, 160, 18, “Check Me 1”, .Check1 End Dialog ’End of dialog definition Dim dlg As UserDialog n = Dialog(dlg) End Sub

The tab order for the above dialog is as follows:

  1. CancelButton
  2. OKButton
  3. TextBox
  4. CheckBox

To change the tab order of the items, you can reorder the items in the dialog definition as follows:

Sub Main Begin Dialog UserDialog 362, 275, “Microsoft Word” TextBox 110, 5, 230, 18, .Text CheckBox 18, 33, 160, 18, “Check Me 1”, .Check1 OKButton 16, 246, 79, 21 CancelButton 106, 246, 79, 21 End Dialog ’End of dialog definition Dim dlg As UserDialog n = Dialog(dlg) End Sub

The tab order for the above dialog is as follows:

  1. TextBox
  2. CheckBox
  3. OKButton
  4. CancelButton

REFERENCES

“Using WordBasic” by WexTech Systems, Inc., and Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Press, 1992

Additional reference words: 2.00 2.00a 2.00a-CD 2.00b 2.00c w4wmacro winword user defined editor

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