VB 6 ComboBox auto open

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ComboBox
Visual Basic 6
how automatically open the combo on got focus

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To do that, you need to use the SendMessage function, from lib user32.

The first thing to do, is to declare the function, and use it in a procedure that will “open” the combo passed as a parameter. You can do this in a separate module (it can also be done in the form).

<pre>Private Declare Function SendMessage Lib “user32” Alias “SendMessageA” (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, lParam As Any) As Long
Private Const CB_SHOWDROPDOWN As Long = &H14F

Public Sub ShowDropDown(pobjCombo As ComboBox)
If pobjCombo.ListCount > 0 Then
SendMessage pobjCombo.hwnd, CB_SHOWDROPDOWN, 1, ByVal 0&
End If
End Sub</pre>

Then, you just need to call the ShowDropDown procedure, when the desired combo gets focused.

<pre>Private Sub Combo1_GotFocus()
ShowDropDown Combo1
End Sub</pre>

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