are you testing with keyboard shortcuts disabled?
i can't duplicate the problem.
works for me as does setting focus on another object.
Here is something else I just noticed.
For the text fields I have onSetFocus and onKillFocus handlers. The onSetFocus sets the background of the textfield to a color and the onKillFocus puts it back to white. I just noticed that when I click the pause button that the background fo the textfield goes back to white, and a trace in the function confirms that the textfield is loosing focus.
But the blinking i-beam is still in the field and if I type or tab it still behaves like it is in there.
So I guess it is more how to get the caret/i-beam out of a text entry field?
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in that situation, using null doesn't work for me but using another (off-stage) textfield works.
Thanks. That got me thinking and I checked. And the other developer working on this project had deleted the off-stage textfield at a keyframe earlier down the line! Makes all the difference.
trying to use things that don't exist is a good way to waste time.