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Aldus Freehand: Focus Is Not Returned to the Installer

Article ID: 102610

Article Last Modified on 11/14/2003


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q102610


During Setup, the program items for Aldus Freehand are created. The focus should then return to the "Aldus Setup Main Window" so that you can complete installation. However, focus remains on the newly created Aldus program group window so that at this point, you can't see the program item for the tutorial. You must press ALT+TAB to return to the main window.

NOTE: This problem does not occur in Windows 3.1.


This problem is not specific to FreeHand. Any Aldus Windows-based application may exhibit this problem. The Aldus installer posts a DDE_EXECUTE message to Program Manager to add an item, then Yield()s and assumes the message will be processed. It would be processed if Program Manager were a 16-bit Windows-based application nonpreemptively scheduled. Instead, Program Manager takes the focus to process the DDE command and the focus is never returned to the Aldus installer.


Change focus back to the Aldus installer by hand.

Additional query words: prodnt

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