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Microsoft KB Archive/171808

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Article ID: 171808

Article Last Modified on 12/10/2003


  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Control Creation Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Learning Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Enterprise Edition

This article was previously published under Q171808


MDI child forms with UserControls on them may not receive focus when the UserControls' constituent controls are selected.


Windows MDI child activation is based on the MDI client window getting the WM_PARENTNOTIFY message, which is being suppressed.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This bug has been fixed in Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2.

For more information on the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

170365 : INFO: Visual Studio 97 Service Packs - What, Where, and Why

For a list of the Visual Basic 5.0 bugs that were fixed in the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

171554 : INFO: Visual Basic 5.0 Fixes in Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2


Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. In Visual Basic, create a new ActiveX control project. UserControl1 is created by default.
  2. Add a CommandButton control to the UserControl and close the UserControl's design window.
  3. Select File | Add Project to add a Standard Exe project. Form1 is created by default.
  4. Select Project | Add MDI Form to add a MDI form. MDIForm1 is created by default.
  5. Select Project | Add Form to add a regular form. Form2 is created by default.
  6. Change the MDIChild property on both Form1 and Form2 to TRUE.
  7. Add UserControl1 to Form1.
  8. In the form_load event of Form1, place the following code:

          Private Sub Form_Load()
                End Sub
  9. Run the Project.
  10. Size Form2 so that you can see Form1 (and the UserControl on it) in the background.
  11. Click the CommandButton on the UserControl while Form2 has the focus. Note that the button presses but Form1 does not get the focus as it should.
  12. Click the UserControl in an area other than where the CommandButton is. Note that Form1 now gets the focus.

Additional query words: kbDSupport

Keywords: kbbug kbfix kbvbp500sp2fix kbvs97sp2fix KB171808