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Form.CancelButton Property

Gets or sets the button control that is clicked when the user presses the ESC key.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
public IButtonControl CancelButton { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.IButtonControl
An IButtonControl that represents the cancel button for the form.

The cancel button for a form is the button control that is clicked whenever the user presses the ESC key. The button assigned to this property must be an IButtonControl that is on the current form or located within a container on the current form.

This property allows you to designate a default action to occur when the user presses the ESC key in your application. You can use this property to allow the user to quickly navigate a simple form by allowing them to simply press the ESC key to close a window without committing changes instead of manually clicking the cancel button with their mouse.

CancelButton may not work if another control on the form intercepts the ESC key. For example, if you have a ComboBox open on your form, ESC will close the ComboBox instead of closing the Form.

The IButtonControl object assigned to CancelButton must be visible on the form, or else pressing the ESC key will have no effect.

The following code example creates a new instance of a Form and calls the ShowDialog method to display the form as a dialog box. The example sets the FormBorderStyle, AcceptButton, CancelButton, MinimizeBox, MaximizeBox, and StartPosition properties to change the appearance and functionality of the form to a dialog box. The example also uses the Add method of the form's Controls collection to add two Button controls. The example uses the HelpButton property to display a help button in the caption bar of the dialog box.

public void CreateMyForm()
{
   // Create a new instance of the form.
   Form form1 = new Form();
   // Create two buttons to use as the accept and cancel buttons.
   Button button1 = new Button ();
   Button button2 = new Button ();

   // Set the text of button1 to "OK".
   button1.Text = "OK";
   // Set the position of the button on the form.
   button1.Location = new Point (10, 10);
   // Set the text of button2 to "Cancel".
   button2.Text = "Cancel";
   // Set the position of the button based on the location of button1.
   button2.Location
      = new Point (button1.Left, button1.Height + button1.Top + 10);
   // Set the caption bar text of the form.   
   form1.Text = "My Dialog Box";
   // Display a help button on the form.
   form1.HelpButton = true;

   // Define the border style of the form to a dialog box.
   form1.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.FixedDialog;
   // Set the MaximizeBox to false to remove the maximize box.
   form1.MaximizeBox = false;
   // Set the MinimizeBox to false to remove the minimize box.
   form1.MinimizeBox = false;
   // Set the accept button of the form to button1.
   form1.AcceptButton = button1;
   // Set the cancel button of the form to button2.
   form1.CancelButton = button2;
   // Set the start position of the form to the center of the screen.
   form1.StartPosition = FormStartPosition.CenterScreen;

   // Add button1 to the form.
   form1.Controls.Add(button1);
   // Add button2 to the form.
   form1.Controls.Add(button2);

   // Display the form as a modal dialog box.
   form1.ShowDialog();
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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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