Compact Framework – Setting the input mode to “numeric”

For certain fields in my application, I want to set the input mode (usually to numeric – eg for the distance, final mileage and date fields numeric makes most sense). This makes a *big* difference to the experience on the SmartPhone so take the time and trouble to set input mode where it makes sense. This requires a bit of interop as the Compact Framework does not provide a direct mechanism to do this. The following MSDN articles show you how to change the input mode.

I adopted the latter of the two approaches which wraps up the interop in a SetInputMode method so you can simply do something like:

InputMode.SetInputMode(txtDistance, InputMode.Mode.Numbers);

And that will set the input mode of the txtDistance TextBox to numeric. Very neat.

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