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Control.KeyPress Event

Occurs when a character. space or backspace key is pressed while the control has focus.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

member KeyPress : IEvent<KeyPressEventHandler,
    KeyPressEventArgs>

Key events occur in the following order:

  1. KeyDown

  2. KeyPress

  3. KeyUp

The KeyPress event is not raised by non-character keys other than space and backspace; however, the non-character keys do raise the KeyDown and KeyUp events.

Use the KeyChar property to sample keystrokes at run time and to consume or modify a subset of common keystrokes.

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.

For more information about handling events, see Handling and Raising Events.

The following code example uses the KeyPress event to prevent characters from entering the control.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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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