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Application.Activated Event

Occurs when an application becomes the foreground application.

Namespace: System.Windows
Assembly: PresentationFramework (in presentationframework.dll)
XML Namespace:  http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation

public event EventHandler Activated
/** @event */
public void add_Activated (EventHandler value)

/** @event */
public void remove_Activated (EventHandler value)

In JScript, you can handle the events defined by a class, but you cannot define your own.
<object Activated="EventHandler" .../>

A Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application that has one or more open windows is activated (becomes the foreground application) when one of the windows is activated for the first time since the application was launched, or when one of the windows is activated while the application is inactive: Specifically, activation occurs when:

  • An application opens its first window.

  • A user switches to the application by using ALT+TAB or by using Task Manager.

  • A user clicks the taskbar button for one of the windows in an application.

Applications that need to detect when they activate can handle the Activated event.

After an application is first activated, it may be deactivated and reactivated many times during its lifetime. If an application's behavior or state depends on its activation state, it can handle both Activated and Deactivated events to determine which activation state it's in. For more information, including an example that illustrates this dependency, see Application Activation and Deactivation Sample.

Once an application becomes active, Activated will not be raised again until the application is deactivated, irrespective of how many windows within an application are activated while the application is active.

The following example shows how to detect when an application activates and deactivates.

<Application 
  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
  x:Class="SDKSample.App"
  StartupUri="MainWindow.xaml"
  Activated="App_Activated" 
  Deactivated="App_Deactivated" />

using System; // EventArgs
using System.Windows; // Application

namespace SDKSample
{
    public partial class App : Application
    {
        bool isApplicationActive;

        void App_Activated(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Application activated
            this.isApplicationActive = true;
        }

        void App_Deactivated(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            // Application deactivated
            this.isApplicationActive = false;
        }
    }
}

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0
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