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Console.CancelKeyPress Event

Occurs when the Control modifier key (CTRL) and C console key (C) are pressed simultaneously (CTRL+C).

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

public static event ConsoleCancelEventHandler CancelKeyPress

This event is used in conjunction with System.ConsoleCancelEventHandler and System.ConsoleCancelEventArgs. The CancelKeyPress event enables a console application to intercept the CTRL+C signal so the application can decide whether to continue executing or terminate. For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

Use this event to explicitly control how your application responds to the CTRL+C signal. If your application has simple requirements, you can use the TreatControlCAsInput property instead of this event.

The event handler for this event is executed on a thread pool thread.

The following code example demonstrates how the CancelKeyPress event is used.

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;
        }
    }
/*
   When you press CTRL+C, the read operation is interrupted and the 
   console cancel event handler, myHandler, is invoked. Upon entry 
   to the event handler, the Cancel property is false, which means 
   the current process will terminate when the event handler terminates. 
   However, the event handler sets the Cancel property to true, which 
   means the process will not terminate and the read operation will resume.
*/ 
    protected static void myHandler(object sender, ConsoleCancelEventArgs args)
    {
        // Announce that the event handler has been invoked.
        Console.WriteLine("\nThe read operation has been interrupted.");

        // Announce which key combination was pressed.
        Console.WriteLine("  Key pressed: {0}", args.SpecialKey);

        // Announce the initial value of the Cancel property.
        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

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

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

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