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HelpEventHandler Delegate

Represents the method that will handle the HelpRequested event of a Control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
'Declaration
Public Delegate Sub HelpEventHandler ( _
	sender As Object, _
	hlpevent As HelpEventArgs _
)
'Usage
Dim instance As New HelpEventHandler(AddressOf HandlerMethod)

Parameters

sender
Type: System.Object

The source of the event.

hlpevent
Type: System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventArgs

A HelpEventArgs that contains the event data.

When you create a HelpEventHandler delegate, you identify the method that will handle the event. To associate the event with your event handler, add an instance of the delegate to the event. The event handler is called whenever the event occurs, unless you remove the delegate. For more information about handling events with delegates, see Events and Delegates.

The following example demonstrates handling the HelpRequested event to display custom Help content on a form containing four address fields. The HelpRequested event is raised either by pressing the F1 key with the focus in an address field, or by the using the context-sensitive Help button and clicking the Help cursor on an address field. The Handled property is set to true to indicate that the HelpRequested event is handled. The example also demonstrates storing the Help text in the Control.Tag property.

Imports System
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class Form1
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form
    Private WithEvents addressTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents label2 As System.Windows.Forms.Label
    Private WithEvents cityTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents label3 As System.Windows.Forms.Label
    Private WithEvents stateTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents zipTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents helpLabel As System.Windows.Forms.Label

    <STAThread()> _
    Shared Sub Main()
        Application.Run(New Form1)
    End Sub 'Main

    Public Sub New()
        Me.addressTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
        Me.helpLabel = New System.Windows.Forms.Label
        Me.label2 = New System.Windows.Forms.Label
        Me.cityTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
        Me.label3 = New System.Windows.Forms.Label
        Me.stateTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
        Me.zipTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox

        ' Help Label 
        Me.helpLabel.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.Fixed3D
        Me.helpLabel.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(8, 80)
        Me.helpLabel.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(272, 72)
        Me.helpLabel.Text = "Click on any control to give it focus, and then " & _
            "press F1 to display help for that" + " control.  Alternately, you can " & _
            "click the help button at the top of the dialog and then click on a control." 

        ' Address Label 
        Me.label2.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 8)
        Me.label2.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(100, 16)
        Me.label2.Text = "Address:" 

        ' Comma Label 
        Me.label3.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(136, 56)
        Me.label3.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(16, 16)
        Me.label3.Text = "," 

        ' Address TextBox 
        Me.addressTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 24)
        Me.addressTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(264, 20)
        Me.addressTextBox.TabIndex = 0
        Me.addressTextBox.Tag = "Enter the stree address in this text box." 
        Me.addressTextBox.Text = "" 

        ' City TextBox 
        Me.cityTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 48)
        Me.cityTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(120, 20)
        Me.cityTextBox.TabIndex = 3
        Me.cityTextBox.Tag = "Enter the city here." 
        Me.cityTextBox.Text = "" 

        ' State TextBox 
        Me.stateTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(152, 48)
        Me.stateTextBox.MaxLength = 2
        Me.stateTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(32, 20)
        Me.stateTextBox.TabIndex = 5
        Me.stateTextBox.Tag = "Enter the state in this text box." 
        Me.stateTextBox.Text = "" 

        ' Zip TextBox 
        Me.zipTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(192, 48)
        Me.zipTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(88, 20)
        Me.zipTextBox.TabIndex = 6
        Me.zipTextBox.Tag = "Enter the zip code here." 
        Me.zipTextBox.Text = "" 

        ' Set up how the form should be displayed and add the controls to the form. 
        Me.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(292, 160)
        Me.Controls.AddRange(New System.Windows.Forms.Control() {Me.zipTextBox, _
                                Me.stateTextBox, Me.label3, Me.cityTextBox, _
                                Me.label2, Me.helpLabel, Me.addressTextBox})
        Me.FormBorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.FixedDialog
        Me.HelpButton = True 
        Me.MaximizeBox = False 
        Me.MinimizeBox = False 
        Me.Text = "Help Event Demonstration" 
    End Sub 'New 

    Private Sub textBox_HelpRequested(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal hlpevent As System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventArgs) Handles addressTextBox.HelpRequested, cityTextBox.HelpRequested, stateTextBox.HelpRequested, zipTextBox.HelpRequested
        ' This event is raised when the F1 key is pressed or the 
        ' Help cursor is clicked on any of the address fields. 
        ' The Help text for the field is in the control's 
        ' Tag property. It is retrieved and displayed in the label. 

        Dim requestingControl As Control = CType(sender, Control)
        helpLabel.Text = CStr(requestingControl.Tag)
        hlpevent.Handled = True 

    End Sub 'textBox_HelpRequested
End Class 'Form1

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0
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