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Application.Activated Event

Occurs when an application becomes the foreground application.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

public event EventHandler Activated
<object Activated="EventHandler" .../>

A Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application that has one or more open windows is activated (becomes the foreground application) when one of the windows is activated for the first time since the application was launched, or when one of the windows is activated while the application is inactive: Specifically, activation occurs when:

  • An application opens its first window.

  • A user switches to the application by using ALT+TAB or by using Task Manager.

  • A user clicks the taskbar button for one of the windows in an application.

Applications that need to detect when they activate can handle the Activated event.

After an application is first activated, it may be deactivated and reactivated many times during its lifetime. If an application's behavior or state depends on its activation state, it can handle both Activated and Deactivated events to determine which activation state it's in.

Once an application becomes active, Activated will not be raised again until the application is deactivated, irrespective of how many windows within an application are activated while the application is active.

Activated is not raised for XAML browser applications (XBAPs).

The following example shows how to detect when a standalone application activates and deactivates.

<Application 
  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
  x:Class="SDKSample.App"
  StartupUri="MainWindow.xaml"
  Activated="App_Activated" 
  Deactivated="App_Deactivated" />
using System; // EventArgs 
using System.Windows; // Application 

namespace SDKSample
{
    public partial class App : Application
    {
        bool isApplicationActive;

        void App_Activated(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Application activated 
            this.isApplicationActive = true;
        }

        void App_Deactivated(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Application deactivated 
            this.isApplicationActive = false;
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.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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