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  1. #1

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    Fanatic Member BenJones's Avatar
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    Intellisense Demo

    Hi this is my quick example of adding Intellisense to rich edit box the code is very basic I commented all lines.
    This was just an idea I made after looking at the GetPositionFromCharIndex function in the rich edit box.

    anyway hope you find it useful press . in the editor to see list box pop up.
    This project was done in VB Express 2010
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    VB For Fun Edgemeal's Avatar
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    Re: Intellisense Demo

    Neat idea! One small problem, if you are near the bottom of the edit window the list can't be fully seen.
    What if we put the listbox in a context menu and show that instead?
    This is what I tried so far, Note: Add a ContextMenuStrip, named "ContextMenuStrip1".

    Public Class frmmain
        Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
            'Add some examples to listbox.
            With LstFunc.Items
            End With
            ' setup listbox 
            LstFunc.IntegralHeight = False
            LstFunc.Font = New Font("Courier New", 10, FontStyle.Regular)
            LstFunc.ScrollAlwaysVisible = True
            ' Determine size of widest string in listbox
            Dim wideString, hzSize As Integer
            Using g As System.Drawing.Graphics = LstFunc.CreateGraphics()
                For i As Integer = 0 To LstFunc.Items.Count - 1
                    hzSize = g.MeasureString(LstFunc.Items(i).ToString(), LstFunc.Font).Width
                    If hzSize > wideString Then
                        wideString = hzSize
                    End If
            End Using
            ' get vert scrollbar width
            Dim scrollBarWidth As Integer = SystemInformation.VerticalScrollBarWidth
            ' set listbox size & max size
            LstFunc.Size = New Size(wideString + scrollBarWidth, 112)
            LstFunc.MaximumSize = LstFunc.Size
            ' setup ContextMenuStrip, add listbox.
            ContextMenuStrip1.AutoSize = False
            ContextMenuStrip1.ShowImageMargin = False
            ContextMenuStrip1.BackColor = LstFunc.BackColor
            ContextMenuStrip1.TabStop = True
            ContextMenuStrip1.Size = New Size(LstFunc.Width + 4, LstFunc.Height + 4)
            ContextMenuStrip1.Items.Add(New ToolStripControlHost(LstFunc))
            LstFunc.Location = New Point(2, 2)
        End Sub
        Private Sub InsertText()
            'Inset text from listbox
            txtEditor.SelectedText = LstFunc.Text
            'close MenuStrip
            'Set focus on editor.
        End Sub
        Private Sub txtEditor_PreviewKeyDown(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.PreviewKeyDownEventArgs) Handles txtEditor.PreviewKeyDown
            If (e.KeyCode = Keys.OemPeriod) Then
                'Get char position were we need to show listbox.
                Dim Po = txtEditor.GetPositionFromCharIndex(txtEditor.SelectionStart)
                'Mod below if needed.
                Po.Y += (txtEditor.Font.GetHeight() * 2) + 8
                Po.X += 30
                'Select first item.
                LstFunc.SelectedIndex = 0
                'Show/Position ContextMenu
                'Set focus on listbox.
            End If
        End Sub
        Private Sub LstFunc_DoubleClick(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles LstFunc.DoubleClick
            'Insert text from listbox to editor.
        End Sub
        Private Sub LstFunc_KeyUp(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) Handles LstFunc.KeyUp
            'Insert text from listbox to editor on enter or spacebar.
            If (e.KeyCode = Keys.Enter) OrElse (e.KeyCode = Keys.Space) Then
                ' hide on TAB or escape keys
            ElseIf (e.KeyCode = Keys.Escape) OrElse (e.KeyCode = Keys.Tab) Then
                'close MenuStrip
                'Set focus on editor.
            End If
        End Sub
    End Class
    EDIT: One odd thing is if I press TAB when menu is shown the listbox moves to the right?

    EDIT #2: Setting "ContextMenuStrip1.TabStop = True" fixed above problem.
    Last edited by Edgemeal; Jan 29th, 2012 at 05:35 PM. Reason: Minor chnages

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    Re: Intellisense Demo

    Edgemeal that really cool it works good now. Thanks
    I think for my next update I may try and add the info tip you know when you type a function and it shows a tooltip, maybe also add line numbers. My idea with this idea is to build a small VBScript editor as one of my big projects,
    Last edited by BenJones; Jan 30th, 2012 at 02:15 AM.

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