Please help: trying to capture Enter Key in ComboBox within ToolBar

23 Mar 2007 11:41:11 -0700
I have an SDI application with a toolbar (rebar) that contains a
combobox. I need to capture key events (particularly the enter key)
in that combobox. I have followed the MFCIE example from microsoft.

I have also read that in order to capture keypress events in the
combobox, you must dynamically subclass the edit control inside of the
combobox using the OnCtlColor event handler. I have done so like

HBRUSH MyCombo::OnCtlColor(CDC* pDC, CWnd* pWnd, UINT nCtlColor )
  if (nCtlColor == CTLCOLOR_EDIT)
         //Edit control
         if (m_xEdit.GetSafeHwnd() == NULL)

  HBRUSH hbr = CComboBoxEx::OnCtlColor(pDC, pWnd, nCtlColor);
  return hbr;

The call to SubclassWindow returns "1" which is supposed to be a
success. m_xEdit is my derived Edit Control (CComboEdit) which has
handlers for the key events:

void CComboEdit::OnKeyDown(UINT nChar, UINT nRepCnt, UINT nFlags)

void CComboEdit::OnChar(UINT nChar, UINT nRepCnt, UINT nFlags)

None of these keypress event handlers is ever hit. Am I missing
something with the dynamic subclassing? I have never done that
before, but it seemed pretty straightforward.

Please help, I've been stuck on this a while.


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