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Article #17365: Arrow keys handler

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FAQ2365C.txt   Arrow keys handler
Category   :VCL
Platform    :All
Product    :C++Builder  3.x

I need to intercept the arrow keys like VK_RIGHT.
FormKeyPress() gets called on F1,Crtl,Alt,PgUp,
but never called on the arrow keys.

You need to handle that at the application level. A handler for
Application->OnMessage will do it. Here's an example for VK_UP and VK_DOWN,
I'm sure you can extrapolate. Be sure an put the prototype for

void __fastcall TFrmArrows::AppMessage(TMsg& AMessage, bool& Handled)

in the Form's class declaration in the header file:

void __fastcall TFrmArrows::AppMessage(TMsg& AMessage, bool& Handled)
  if (AMessage.message == WM_KEYDOWN)
    if ((AMessage.wParam == VK_UP)
         || (AMessage.wParam == VK_DOWN)) {
        SelectNext(ActiveControl, (AMessage.wParam == VK_DOWN), true);

      Handled = true;

void __fastcall TFrmArrows::FormCreate(TObject *Sender)
  Application->OnMessage = AppMessage;

7/2/98 10:32:32 AM

Last Modified: 01-SEP-99