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FIX: ALT+MINUS SIGN Does Not Work with Maximized MDI Forms

Article ID: 101380

Article Last Modified on 12/9/2003


  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0 Professional Edition

This article was previously published under Q101380


When you press the ALT+MINUS SIGN key combination in an application that has an MDI Form and MDI child form, the control box on the MDI child form should receive the focus and the system menu should drop down. But this does not happen if the MDI child form is maximized.


Instead of using the ALT+MINUS SIGN key combination, use the following two steps to drop down the system menu for a maximized MDI child form:

  1. Press the ALT Key to activate the control box for the maximized MDI child form
  2. Press the ENTER key to drop down the system menu.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This problem has been corrected in Visual Basic version 4.0.

Additional query words: buglist2.00 buglist3.00 2.00 3.00 fixlist4.00

Keywords: kbbug kbfix KB101380