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Control.HelpRequested Event

Occurs when the user requests help for a control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public event HelpEventHandler HelpRequested

The HelpRequested event is commonly raised when the user presses the F1 key or an associated context-sensitive help button is clicked.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following code example demonstrates handling the HelpRequested event to display custom Help content on a form containing four address fields. The HelpRequested event is raised either by pressing the F1 key with the focus in an address field, or by the using the context-sensitive Help button and clicking the Help cursor on an address field. The Handled property is set to true to indicate that the HelpRequested event is handled. The example also demonstrates storing the Help text in the Control.Tag property.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
{
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox addressTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Label label2;
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox cityTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Label label3;
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox stateTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox zipTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Label helpLabel;

    [STAThread]
    static void Main() 
    {
        Application.Run(new Form1());
    }

    public Form1()
    {
        this.addressTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
        this.helpLabel = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
        this.label2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
        this.cityTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
        this.label3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
        this.stateTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
        this.zipTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();

        // Help Label 
        this.helpLabel.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.Fixed3D;
        this.helpLabel.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 80);
        this.helpLabel.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 72);
        this.helpLabel.Text = "Click on any control to give it focus, and then " +
            "press F1 to display help for that control.  Alternately, you can " +
            "click the help button at the top of the dialog and then click on a control.";

        // Address Label 
        this.label2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 8);
        this.label2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(100, 16);
        this.label2.Text = "Address:";

        // Comma Label 
        this.label3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(136, 56);
        this.label3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(16, 16);
        this.label3.Text = ",";

        // Address TextBox 
        this.addressTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 24);
        this.addressTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(264, 20);
        this.addressTextBox.TabIndex = 0;
        this.addressTextBox.Tag = "Enter the street address in this text box.";
        this.addressTextBox.Text = "";
        this.addressTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // City TextBox 
        this.cityTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 48);
        this.cityTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(120, 20);
        this.cityTextBox.TabIndex = 3;
        this.cityTextBox.Tag = "Enter the city here.";
        this.cityTextBox.Text = "";
        this.cityTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // State TextBox 
        this.stateTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(152, 48);
        this.stateTextBox.MaxLength = 2;
        this.stateTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(32, 20);
        this.stateTextBox.TabIndex = 5;
        this.stateTextBox.Tag = "Enter the state in this text box.";
        this.stateTextBox.Text = "";
        this.stateTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // Zip TextBox 
        this.zipTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(192, 48);
        this.zipTextBox.Name = "zipTextBox";
        this.zipTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(88, 20);
        this.zipTextBox.TabIndex = 6;
        this.zipTextBox.Tag = "Enter the zip code here.";
        this.zipTextBox.Text = "";
        this.zipTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // Set up how the form should be displayed and add the controls to the form. 
        this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 160);
        this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] { this.zipTextBox, 
                                this.stateTextBox, this.label3, this.cityTextBox,  
                                this.label2, this.helpLabel, this.addressTextBox});

        this.FormBorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.FixedDialog;
        this.HelpButton = true;
        this.MaximizeBox = false;
        this.MinimizeBox = false;
        this.Text = "Help Event Demonstration";    
    }

    private void textBox_HelpRequested(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventArgs hlpevent)
    {
        // This event is raised when the F1 key is pressed or the 
        // Help cursor is clicked on any of the address fields. 
        // The Help text for the field is in the control's 
        // Tag property. It is retrieved and displayed in the label.

        Control requestingControl = (Control)sender;
        helpLabel.Text = (string)requestingControl.Tag;
        hlpevent.Handled = true;
    }
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0

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