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Visual Basic Reference

Visual Studio 6.0

ActiveForm Property

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Returns the form that is the active window. If an MDIForm object is active or is referenced, it specifies the active MDI child form.



The object placeholder represents an object expression that evaluates to an object in the Applies To list.


Use the ActiveForm property to access a form's properties or to invoke its methods for example, Screen.ActiveForm.MousePointer = 4.

This property is especially useful in a multiple-document interface (MDI) application where a button on a toolbar must initiate an action on a control in an MDI child form. When a user clicks the Copy button on the toolbar, your code can reference the text in the active control on the MDI child form for example, ActiveForm.ActiveControl.SelText.

When a control on a form has the focus, that form is the active form on the screen (Screen.ActiveForm).  In addition, an MDIForm object can contain one child form that is the active form within the context of the MDI parent form (MDIForm.ActiveForm). The ActiveForm on the screen isn't necessarily the same as the ActiveForm in the MDI form, such as when a dialog box is active. For this reason, specify the MDIForm with ActiveForm when there is a chance of a dialog box being the ActiveForm property setting.

Note   When an active MDI child form isn't maximized, the title bars of both the parent form and the child form appear active.

If you plan to pass Screen.ActiveForm or MDIForm.ActiveForm to a procedure, you must declare the argument in that procedure with the generic type (As Form) rather than a specific form type (As MyForm) even if ActiveForm always refers to the same type of form.

The ActiveForm property determines the default value for the ProjectTemplate object.