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Control.KeyDown Event

Occurs when a key is pressed while the control has focus.

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

public event KeyEventHandler KeyDown
/** @event */
public void add_KeyDown (KeyEventHandler value)

/** @event */
public void remove_KeyDown (KeyEventHandler value)

JScript supports the use of events, but not the declaration of new ones.

Key events occur in the following order:

  1. KeyDown

  2. KeyPress

  3. KeyUp

To handle keyboard events only at the form level and not enable other controls to receive keyboard events, set the KeyPressEventArgs.Handled property in your form's KeyPress event-handling method to true. Certain keys, such as the TAB, RETURN, ESCAPE, and arrow keys are handled by controls automatically. To have these keys raise the KeyDown event, you must override the IsInputKey method in each control on your form. The code for the override of the IsInputKey would need to determine if one of the special keys is pressed and return a value of true.

For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

The following code example uses the KeyDown event to determine the type of character entered into the control.

// Boolean flag used to determine when a character other than a number is entered.
private bool nonNumberEntered = false;

// Handle the KeyDown event to determine the type of character entered into the control.
private void textBox1_KeyDown(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs e)
{
    // Initialize the flag to false.
    nonNumberEntered = false;

    // Determine whether the keystroke is a number from the top of the keyboard.
    if (e.KeyCode < Keys.D0 || e.KeyCode > Keys.D9)
    {
        // Determine whether the keystroke is a number from the keypad.
        if (e.KeyCode < Keys.NumPad0 || e.KeyCode > Keys.NumPad9)
        {
            // Determine whether the keystroke is a backspace.
            if(e.KeyCode != Keys.Back)
            {
                // A non-numerical keystroke was pressed.
                // Set the flag to true and evaluate in KeyPress event.
                nonNumberEntered = true;
            }
        }
    }
}

// This event occurs after the KeyDown event and can be used to prevent
// characters from entering the control.
private void textBox1_KeyPress(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.KeyPressEventArgs e)
{
    // Check for the flag being set in the KeyDown event.
    if (nonNumberEntered == true)
    {
        // Stop the character from being entered into the control since it is non-numerical.
        e.Handled = true;
    }
}


// Boolean flag used to determine when a character other than a number 
// is entered.
private boolean nonNumberEntered = false;

// Handle the KeyDown event to determine the type of character entered 
// into the control.
private void textBox1_KeyDown(Object sender, 
    System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs e)
{
    // Initialize the flag to false.
    nonNumberEntered = false;

    // Determine whether the keystroke is a number from the top of the 
    // keyboard.
    if ((e.get_KeyCode().CompareTo(Keys.D0)) < 0 
        || (e.get_KeyCode().CompareTo(Keys.D9) > 0)) {

        // Determine whether the keystroke is a number from the keypad.
        if ((e.get_KeyCode().CompareTo(Keys.NumPad0) < 0 
            || (e.get_KeyCode().CompareTo(Keys.NumPad9)) > 0)) {

            // Determine whether the keystroke is a backspace.
            if (!(e.get_KeyCode().Equals(Keys.Back))) {
                    // A non-numerical keystroke was pressed.
                    // Set the flag to true and evaluate in KeyPress event.
                    nonNumberEntered = true;
            }
        }
    }
} //textBox1_KeyDown

// This event occurs after the KeyDown event and can be used to prevent
// characters from entering the control.
private void textBox1_KeyPress(Object sender, System.Windows.Forms.
    KeyPressEventArgs e)
{
    // Check for the flag being set in the KeyDown event.
    if (nonNumberEntered == true) {
        // Stop the character from being entered into the control since 
        // it is non-numerical.
        e.set_Handled(true);
    }
} //textBox1_KeyPress

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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