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ErrorProvider.BlinkStyle Property

Gets or sets a value indicating when the error icon flashes.

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

public ErrorBlinkStyle BlinkStyle { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.ErrorBlinkStyle
One of the ErrorBlinkStyle values. The default is BlinkIfDifferentError.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidEnumArgumentException

The assigned value is not one of the ErrorBlinkStyle values.

The error icon flashes in the manner specified by the assigned ErrorBlinkStyle when an error occurs. Setting the BlinkRate to zero sets the BlinkStyle to NeverBlink.

The following code example demonstrates using the ErrorProvider class to notify the user of a data entry error. The example creates a Form that contains a TextBox control, a NumericUpDown control, and a ComboBox control, each validating its content, and an ErrorProvider for each control. The example sets error icon options using the BlinkRate and BlinkStyle properties and the SetIconAlignment and SetIconPadding methods. The SetError method is called with or without appropriate error text during a control's Validated event, depending upon the content in the control.


using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace ErrorProvider
{
    public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
    {
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label2;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label4;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label5;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label6;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label3;
        private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox nameTextBox1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.NumericUpDown ageUpDownPicker;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox favoriteColorComboBox;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ErrorProvider ageErrorProvider;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ErrorProvider nameErrorProvider;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ErrorProvider favoriteColorErrorProvider;

        [STAThread]
        static void Main() 
        {
            Application.Run(new Form1());
        }

        public Form1()
        {
            this.nameTextBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
            this.label1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.label2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.ageUpDownPicker = new System.Windows.Forms.NumericUpDown();
            this.favoriteColorComboBox = new System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox();
            this.label3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.label4 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.label5 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.label6 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();

            // Name Label
            this.label1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(56, 32);
            this.label1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(40, 23);
            this.label1.Text = "Name:";

            // Age Label
            this.label2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(40, 64);
            this.label2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(56, 23);
            this.label2.Text = "Age (3-5)";           

            // Favorite Color Label
            this.label3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 96);
            this.label3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(80, 24);
            this.label3.Text = "Favorite color";

            // ErrorBlinkStyle.AlwaysBlink Label
            this.label4.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(264, 32);
            this.label4.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(160, 23);
            this.label4.Text = "ErrorBlinkStyle.AlwaysBlink";

            // ErrorBlinkStyle.BlinkIfDifferentError Label
            this.label5.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(264, 64);
            this.label5.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(200, 23);
            this.label5.Text = "ErrorBlinkStyle.BlinkIfDifferentError";

            // ErrorBlinkStyle.NeverBlink Label
            this.label6.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(264, 96);
            this.label6.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(200, 23);
            this.label6.Text = "ErrorBlinkStyle.NeverBlink";

            // Name TextBox
            this.nameTextBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(112, 32);
            this.nameTextBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(120, 20);
            this.nameTextBox1.TabIndex = 0;
            this.nameTextBox1.Validated += new System.EventHandler(this.nameTextBox1_Validated);

            // Age NumericUpDown
            this.ageUpDownPicker.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(112, 64);
            this.ageUpDownPicker.Maximum = new System.Decimal(new int[] {150,0,0,0});
            this.ageUpDownPicker.TabIndex = 4;
            this.ageUpDownPicker.Validated += new System.EventHandler(this.ageUpDownPicker_Validated);

            // Favorite Color ComboBox
            this.favoriteColorComboBox.Items.AddRange(new object[] {"None","Red","Yellow",
                                                                    "Green","Blue","Purple"});
            this.favoriteColorComboBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(112, 96);
            this.favoriteColorComboBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(120, 21);
            this.favoriteColorComboBox.TabIndex = 5;
            this.favoriteColorComboBox.Validated += new System.EventHandler(this.favoriteColorComboBox_Validated);

            // Set up how the form should be displayed and add the controls to the form.
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(464, 150);
            this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] {
                                        this.label6,this.label5,this.label4,this.label3,
                                        this.favoriteColorComboBox,this.ageUpDownPicker,
                                        this.label2,this.label1,this.nameTextBox1});
            this.Text = "Error Provider Example";

            // Create and set the ErrorProvider for each data entry control.

            nameErrorProvider = new  System.Windows.Forms.ErrorProvider();
            nameErrorProvider.SetIconAlignment (this.nameTextBox1, ErrorIconAlignment.MiddleRight);
            nameErrorProvider.SetIconPadding (this.nameTextBox1, 2);
            nameErrorProvider.BlinkRate = 1000;
            nameErrorProvider.BlinkStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ErrorBlinkStyle.AlwaysBlink;

            ageErrorProvider = new  System.Windows.Forms.ErrorProvider();
            ageErrorProvider.SetIconAlignment (this.ageUpDownPicker, ErrorIconAlignment.MiddleRight);
            ageErrorProvider.SetIconPadding (this.ageUpDownPicker, 2);
            ageErrorProvider.BlinkStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ErrorBlinkStyle.BlinkIfDifferentError;

            favoriteColorErrorProvider = new  System.Windows.Forms.ErrorProvider();
            favoriteColorErrorProvider.SetIconAlignment (this.favoriteColorComboBox, ErrorIconAlignment.MiddleRight);
            favoriteColorErrorProvider.SetIconPadding (this.favoriteColorComboBox, 2);
            favoriteColorErrorProvider.BlinkRate = 1000;
            favoriteColorErrorProvider.BlinkStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ErrorBlinkStyle.NeverBlink;
        }

        private void nameTextBox1_Validated(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        {
            if(IsNameValid())
            {
                // Clear the error, if any, in the error provider.
                nameErrorProvider.SetError(this.nameTextBox1, String.Empty);
            }
            else
            {
                // Set the error if the name is not valid.
                nameErrorProvider.SetError(this.nameTextBox1, "Name is required.");
            }
        }

        private void ageUpDownPicker_Validated(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        {
            if (IsAgeTooYoung())
            {
                // Set the error if the age is too young.
                ageErrorProvider.SetError(this.ageUpDownPicker, "Age not old enough");
            }
            else if (IsAgeTooOld())
            {
                // Set the error if the age is too old.
                ageErrorProvider.SetError(this.ageUpDownPicker, "Age is too old");
            }
            else 
            {
                // Clear the error, if any, in the error provider.
                ageErrorProvider.SetError(this.ageUpDownPicker, String.Empty);
            }
        }

        private void favoriteColorComboBox_Validated(object sender, System.EventArgs e) 
        {
            if (!IsColorValid())
            {
                // Set the error if the favorite color is not valid.
                favoriteColorErrorProvider.SetError(this.favoriteColorComboBox, "Must select a color.");
            }
            else
            {
                // Clear the error, if any, in the error provider.
                favoriteColorErrorProvider.SetError(this.favoriteColorComboBox, String.Empty);
            }
        }

        // Functions to verify data.
        private bool IsNameValid() 
        {
            // Determine whether the text box contains a zero-length string.
            return (nameTextBox1.Text.Length > 0);
        }

        private bool IsAgeTooYoung() 
        {
            // Determine whether the age value is less than three.
            return (ageUpDownPicker.Value < 3);
        }

        private bool IsAgeTooOld() 
        {
            // Determine whether the age value is greater than five.
            return (ageUpDownPicker.Value > 5 );
        }

        private bool IsColorValid() 
        {
            // Determine whether the favorite color has a valid value.
            return ((favoriteColorComboBox.SelectedItem != null) &&
                (!favoriteColorComboBox.SelectedItem.ToString().Equals("None")));
        }
    }
}


.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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