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Using the WPF FocusScope

, 26 Jul 2009 MIT
Explains why WPF seems to break if you try to use FocusScope, and provides a simple solution.
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 * User: Daniel
 * Date: 26.07.2009
 * Time: 17:56
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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Data;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;

namespace TestApp
	/// <summary>
	/// Interaction logic for Window1.xaml
	/// </summary>
	public partial class Window1 : Window
		public Window1()
		void Box1_MouseDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
			// How should we know what was last active in the group box?
			object keyboardNavigation = typeof(KeyboardNavigation).InvokeMember(
				BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.GetProperty,
				null, null, null);
			object activeElement = typeof(KeyboardNavigation).InvokeMember(
				BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.InvokeMethod,
				new object[] { box1 });
			IInputElement focusedElement = activeElement as IInputElement;
			if (focusedElement != null) {
			} else {
				box1.MoveFocus(new TraversalRequest(FocusNavigationDirection.First));
		void Box2_MouseDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
			IInputElement focusedElement = FocusManager.GetFocusedElement(box2);
			if (focusedElement != null) {
			} else {
				box2.MoveFocus(new TraversalRequest(FocusNavigationDirection.First));
		void Box3_MouseDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)

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