ActiveX controls don't work well in VFP with modal forms. Well, that's not exactly a big surprise for anyone who tried that. If you contact the creator of an ActiveX control you usually end up with one of two replies:
Why can't the vendors fix this? Admittedly, it's not really their bug; it's a Visual FoxPro bug. Not really a bug, more like a design issue. One of the problems that the Visual FoxPro team had to solve was that modal windows simply don't exist in the Windows API. OK, you see them, but that doesn't mean they are real.

Windows creates a modal window by disabling the parent window. That works fine with just a single level of modal windows like it's the case with a dialog box. However, with multiple windows (or forms) that can be modal, maybe with multiple forms in a form set that remain accessible while other windows are not, things get more confusing.

So here's what happens with ActiveX controls in Visual FoxPro: When you add an ActiveX control you actually add two windows to the form. The outermost is the OLE host window which is the one that Visual FoxPro controls. Inside the host window, the ActiveX control creates its own window(s) that remain under control of the ActiveX control. This inner window (or windows) is what we know as "the ActiveX control".

When you show a modal window, Visual FoxPro disables all OLE host windows on all other forms. The ActiveX control inside remains active, but doesn't receive any user input related messages anymore, because the parent window is disabled. As a result, the control does not respond to mouse or keyboard events, nor does it receive the focus. It continues to run, though. For instance, it can update itself, respond to other events, and the like.

Once the user closes the modal form, Visual FoxPro enables all previously disabled host windows. My bet (well, more a guess, actually) is that Visual FoxPro stores the previous state when it disables the OLE host window and restores that state when upon enabling them. The control receives messages and responds to user input. Well, that's what happens with just one level of modal forms.

It seems, though, that there's only one variable for keeping the previous enabled state of each OLE host window. So when the second modal form is launched, Visual FoxPro stores the state of the already disabled window and disables it again. When the form is closed, this disabled state becomes what is restored. In the end, the host window remains disabled even when all modal forms have been closed.

There is actually an easy fix that - unfortunately - is not generic. When the Activate event of a form fires you know for sure that this form should respond to user input. At this point none of the ActiveX controls on the current form should be disabled. You can ensure this by running the following code for every ActiveX control that is on the form:

Declare Long GetParent in Win32API Long
Declare Long EnableWindow in Win32API Long, Long
EnableWindow( GetParent(oleControl.Hwnd), 1 )

oleControl is a regular reference to the ActiveX control on the form (e.g. Thisform.oleControl1). The HWND property is not a standard property that VFP provides. It's completely up to the ActiveX control to provide the window handle and to pick the name for the property or method. You need to refer to the documentation of the ActiveX control.