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ralphtrickey
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Using an EXTERNAL bar code reader WITHOUT requiring the keyboard

I am writing a simple inventory tracking program. I want to be able to have people scan items with an external reader and without needing any keyboard entry.

 

I'd like to be able to use a separate barcode reader to read a barcode and beep or buzz depending on the results of that as well as display an optional on-screen entry.

 

From my reading, I can't capture the return key and do anything useful like trigger the default button, I also tried setting the suffix to a tab key and have it's onselect action do a lookup and return the focus to the initial field. Neither method seems to work.

 

Is there any way to get this to work in PowerApps? Again, I want to repeatedly process barcode input without needing to push a button or do anything else. I want to use an external reader and NOT the builtin mobile control.

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I just checked on my side and its not working. let me figure it out and I will let you know soon.


Vivek Bavishi aka That API Guy
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No need, it actually worked on my side although I would have sworn I tried it that way the first time.

 

Thanks,

Ralph

Oh , great! it's working on my side but only when i move the cursor away (click anywhere outside) of the text input box.


Vivek Bavishi aka That API Guy
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And that's actually better behavior for me since I can now use the original <tab> character as the suffix and it will only trigger when the whole tag is scanned.

@ralphtrickey

 

I was just going to suggest you that! Smiley Very Happy

 

Glad that its finally working out the way you wanted it to.


Vivek Bavishi aka That API Guy
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If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

tianaranjo
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I'm interested in doing something similar.  What external barcode reader did you use?

 

tianaranjo
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I'm interested in doing something similar.  What external barcode reader did you use?

 

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