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CancelEventArgs.Cancel Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the event should be canceled.

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

public bool Cancel { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the event should be canceled; otherwise, false.

The following example uses CancelEventArgs and a CancelEventHandler to handle the FormClosing event of a Form. This code assumes that you have created a Form with a class-level Boolean variable named isDataSaved. It also assumes that you have added a statement to invoke the OtherInitialize method from the form's Load method or the constructor (after the call to InitializeComponent).

// Call this method from the constructor of your form 
    private void OtherInitialize() {
       this.Closing += new CancelEventHandler(this.Form1_Closing);
       // Exchange commented line and note the difference. 
       this.isDataSaved = true;
       //this.isDataSaved = false;
    }

    private void Form1_Closing(Object sender, CancelEventArgs e) {
       if (!isDataSaved) {
          e.Cancel = true;
          MessageBox.Show("You must save first.");
       }
       else {
          e.Cancel = false;
          MessageBox.Show("Goodbye.");
       }
    }

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 Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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