[.net] Forcing a key press on a control

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So I have some code where I want to force either the up or down key on a control. I am able to do this:
        protected override bool ProcessCmdKey(ref Message msg, Keys keyData)
{
SendKeys.Send("{TAB}"); //sends the tab to the next control

//process the up/down key
if (keyData == Keys.Up)
SendKeys.Send("{UP}");
else if (keyData == Keys.Down)
SendKeys.Send("{DOWN}");

base.ProcessCmdKey(ref msg, keyData);

//go back to the original control
SendKeys.Send("+{TAB}");
}

This relies on the fact that the tabs are set up correctly. I would rather do something like this:

controlThatNeedsInput.Focus();

//process the up/down key
if (keyData == Keys.Up)
SendKeys.Send("{UP}");
else if (keyData == Keys.Down)
SendKeys.Send("{DOWN}");

base.ProcessCmdKey(ref msg, keyData);

originalControl.Focus();


This doesn't work however. The focus appears to change in code but the SendKeys never fires off in the control that just received focus. Any ideas on how to fix this or if there's a better way?

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I think you'll have better luck with sending messages directly to the controls message pump. You can use the Win32 API SendMessage function to do that: http://pinvoke.net/default.aspx/user32/SendMessage.html.

Construct a WM_KEYDOWN/WM_KEYUP message pair and send them to your control. Then you don't need to mess with focus.

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That works perfectly! Thanks!