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Delphi: Select all with CTRL+A in Memo

Question by Guest | 10/09/2012 at 17:42

I have a TMemo on a form. When I press the key combination CTRL and A in the memo, I expect that everything will be marked. But nothing happens with this shortcut.

How can that be? Would Windows not have to ensure that CTRL-A is working? And how can I achieve it, that these keys are working?



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A memo field only shows this behavior, if you add the following code in the OnKeyDown event of the memo:

procedure TForm1.Memo1KeyDown(Sender: TObject; 
var Key: Word; Shift: TShiftState);
  if ((ssCtrl in Shift) and (Key = 65)) then
    TMemo(Sender).SelectAll;  //select content of memo

With this, at every keystroke, it will be looked, whether the user hits the key A while the CTRL key is presed. The 65 is the code of A, which you can also retrieve with ord(A).
10/09/2012 at 22:20

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Here's yet a better way to handle it...

procedure TForm1.Memo1KeyPress(Sender: TObject; var Key: Char);
  if Key = ^A then begin
    (Sender as TMemo).SelectAll;
    Key := #0;

10/03/2019 at 16:51

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