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ConsoleSpecialKey Enumeration

Specifies combinations of modifier and console keys that can interrupt the current process.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[SerializableAttribute]
public enum ConsoleSpecialKey

Member nameDescription
ControlBreakThe ConsoleModifiers.Control modifier key plus the BREAK console key.
ControlCThe ConsoleModifiers.Control modifier key plus the ConsoleKey.C console key.

The ConsoleCancelEventArgs.SpecialKey property returns the ConsoleSpecialKey enumeration type.

Simultaneously pressing certain key combinations signals the operating system to interrupt the currently running process. The two valid key combinations are ConsoleModifiers.Control plus BREAK (CTRL+BREAK) and ConsoleModifiers.Control plus ConsoleKey.C (CTRL+C).

The following code example displays the ConsoleSpecialKey value that invokes the associated event handler.

using System;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        ConsoleKeyInfo cki;

        Console.Clear();

        // Establish an event handler to process key press events.
        Console.CancelKeyPress += new ConsoleCancelEventHandler(myHandler);
        while (true) {
            Console.Write("Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or ");
            Console.WriteLine("CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation:");

            // Start a console read operation. Do not display the input.
            cki = Console.ReadKey(true);

            // Announce the name of the key that was pressed .
            Console.WriteLine("  Key pressed: {0}\n", cki.Key);

            // Exit if the user pressed the 'X' key. 
            if (cki.Key == ConsoleKey.X) break;
        }
    }

    protected static void myHandler(object sender, ConsoleCancelEventArgs args)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("\nThe read operation has been interrupted.");

        Console.WriteLine("  Key pressed: {0}", args.SpecialKey);

        Console.WriteLine("  Cancel property: {0}", args.Cancel);

        // Set the Cancel property to true to prevent the process from terminating.
        Console.WriteLine("Setting the Cancel property to true...");
        args.Cancel = true;

        // Announce the new value of the Cancel property.
        Console.WriteLine("  Cancel property: {0}", args.Cancel);
        Console.WriteLine("The read operation will resume...\n");
    }
}
// The example displays output similar to the follwoing: 
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation: 
//      Key pressed: J 
//     
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation: 
//      Key pressed: Enter 
//     
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation: 
//     
//    The read operation has been interrupted. 
//      Key pressed: ControlC 
//      Cancel property: False 
//    Setting the Cancel property to true... 
//      Cancel property: True 
//    The read operation will resume... 
//     
//      Key pressed: Q 
//     
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation: 
//      Key pressed: X

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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