1. Sivaprakash BKR
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. Monday, 13 August 2018 07:03 AM UTC


Pb 2017 R3

In a window, I have a hidden menu, with each items with a specified shortcuts, like Alt+K, Alt+G, Ctrl+P, Ctrl+S etc.  I don't want the menu to be visible, as the use is to trigger corresponding events only.  

When I make it visible, Alt+ combinations works fine, even though I didn't add '&' before the menu name.  Even without mentioning Alt in shortcutkey combo in properties, Alt is working.

When I make it visible = false through script, Alt+ combination is not working, but Ctrl+ combination is working fine.  

I want few menu items to work with Alt combination and few with Ctrl combination with the menu hidden.   How to accomplish this task ?

Or is it a bug that restricts the workings of Alt+, while allowing Ctrl+ to work smoothly ?

Happiness Always
BKR Sivaprakash


Chris Pollach @Appeon Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Monday, 13 August 2018 12:45 PM UTC
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. # 1


  Great question!

Yes by design, only CTRL+ short-cuts will work when the menus are hidden. ALT+ menu items must be visible to work. This has been PB's mode of operations going way back.

If you want to process other keyboard short-cut combinations, you'll have to trap the keyboard activity at the Window or Control level.


Regards ... Chris

Thanks Chris for your clarifications.

Ctrl+, Ctrl+Alt+, Ctrl+Shift+ works with hidden menus. Only Alt+ is not working.

  1. Sivaprakash BKR
  2. Tuesday, 14 August 2018 06:07 AM UTC
Yes, any combination that includes a CTRL+ should work OK.
  1. Chris Pollach @Appeon
  2. Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:47 PM UTC
I mark this as resolved, as this is not a bug, as I thought.

Thanks Chris.
  1. Sivaprakash BKR
  2. Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:25 PM UTC
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