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Control.GotFocus Event

Occurs when the control receives focus.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

'Declaration
Public Event GotFocus As EventHandler
'Usage
Dim instance As Control
Dim handler As EventHandler

AddHandler instance.GotFocus, handler

/** @event */
public void add_GotFocus (EventHandler value)

/** @event */
public void remove_GotFocus (EventHandler value)

In JScript, you can handle the events defined by a class, but you cannot define your own.
Not applicable.

When you change the focus by using the keyboard (TAB, SHIFT+TAB, and so on), by calling the Select or SelectNextControl methods, or by setting the ContainerControl.ActiveControl property to the current form, focus events occur in the following order:

  1. Enter

  2. GotFocus

  3. Leave

  4. Validating

  5. Validated

  6. LostFocus

When you change the focus by using the mouse or by calling the Focus method, focus events occur in the following order:

  1. Enter

  2. GotFocus

  3. LostFocus

  4. Leave

  5. Validating

  6. Validated

If the CausesValidation property is set to false, the Validating and Validated events are suppressed.

Note   The GotFocus and LostFocus events are low-level focus events that are tied to the WM_KILLFOCUS and WM_SETFOCUS Windows messages. Typically, the GotFocus and LostFocus events are only used when updating UICues or when writing custom controls. Instead the Enter and Leave events should be used for all controls except the Form class, which uses the Activated and Deactivate events. For more information about the GotFocus and LostFocus events, see the WM_SETFOCUS and WM_KILLFOCUS topics in the "Keyboard Input Reference" section of the Platform SDK Documentation in the MSDN library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library.

Caution noteCaution:

Do not attempt to set focus from within the LostFocus event handler. Doing so can cause your application or the operating system to stop responding. For more information about the LostFocus event, see the WM_KILLFOCUS topic in "Keyboard Input Reference" section, and the Message Deadlocks topic in the "Messages and Message Queues" section of the Platform SDK Documentation in the MSDN library at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following code example demonstrates the use of this member. In the example, an event handler reports on the occurrence of the GotFocus event. This report helps you to learn when the event occurs and can assist you in debugging.

To run the example code, paste it into a project that contains an instance of a type that inherits from Control, such as a Button or ComboBox. Then name the instance Control1 and ensure that the event handler is associated with the GotFocus event.

Private Sub Control1_GotFocus(sender as Object, e as EventArgs) _ 
     Handles Control1.GotFocus

Console.WriteLine("You are in the Control.GotFocus event.")

End Sub

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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