First of all, I am relatively new to visual basic. However, I'm trying to develop a countdown program for my friends video game. It's simple with buttons that stay overtop his game therefore he can hit his buttons to start the counter. However, my problem is when you click the buttons you gain focus to the form and lose it to the game. Therefore, I've been trying to use the appactivate function to incorporate a keydown stroke without focus. How could I use the f1 key to start a function in my program without focus?