Problem with WindowsFormsHost and the StandardSwitcher

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Posted 4 years ago by Niels Oltmanns
Version: 19.1.0685

We have an WPF application where we use WindowsFormsHost to display windows controls from a third party vendor.
In an editor control, the Actipro StandardSwitcher via Ctrl+Tab does not work (we see two KeyUp events but only one KeyDown event).
Now we have registered an IMessageFilter in a separate class and want to start/display the StandardSwitcher manually when Ctrl+Tab occurs.

a) What could be the reason that a KeyDown-Event is 'swallowed'?
b) Which best practice would you recommend to us to start the StandardSwitcher manually?

With kind regards

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Posted 4 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA


DockHost captures PreviewKeyDown events and watches for switcher activation keys like Ctrl+Tab.  If found, it calls DockSite.ProcessDockHostKeyDown, which is protected virtual.  That method will pass the key onto the switcher and Ctrl+Tab makes the switcher open and handles the key.  I believe that's why you see it getting handled.

You might be able to make a class that inherits DockSite and add a method that calls into ProcessDockHostKeyDown.  Then in your IMessageFilter, call ProcessDockHostKeyDown and pass in a KeyEventArgs with Ctrl+Tab to kick in the normal open logic.

Actipro Software Support

The latest build of this product (v24.1.2) was released 2 months ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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