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BindingExpression.UpdateSource Method

Sends the current binding target value to the binding source property in TwoWay or OneWayToSource bindings.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Data
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public override void UpdateSource()

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

The binding has been detached from its target.

This method does nothing when the Mode of the binding is not TwoWay or OneWayToSource.

If the UpdateSourceTrigger value of your binding is set to Explicit, you must call the UpdateSource method or the changes will not propagate back to the source.

This topic describes how to use the UpdateSourceTrigger property to control the timing of binding source updates. The topic uses the TextBox control as an example.

The TextBox.Text property has a default UpdateSourceTrigger value of LostFocus. This means if an application has a TextBox with a data-bound TextBox.Text property, the text you type into the TextBox does not update the source until the TextBox loses focus (for instance, when you click away from the TextBox).

If you want the source to get updated as you are typing, set the UpdateSourceTrigger of the binding to PropertyChanged. In the following example, the Text properties of both the TextBox and the TextBlock are bound to the same source property. The UpdateSourceTrigger property of the TextBox binding is set to PropertyChanged.

<Label>Enter a Name:</Label>
<TextBox>
  <TextBox.Text>
    <Binding Source="{StaticResource myDataSource}" Path="Name"
             UpdateSourceTrigger="PropertyChanged"/>
  </TextBox.Text>
</TextBox>

<Label>The name you entered:</Label>
<TextBlock Text="{Binding Source={StaticResource myDataSource}, Path=Name}"/>

As a result, the TextBlock shows the same text (because the source changes) as the user enters text into the TextBox, as illustrated by the following screenshot of the sample:

Simple data binding sample screen shot

If you have a dialog or a user-editable form and you want to defer source updates until the user is finished editing the fields and clicks "OK", you can set the UpdateSourceTrigger value of your bindings to Explicit, as in the following example:

<TextBox Name="itemNameTextBox"
         Text="{Binding Path=ItemName, UpdateSourceTrigger=Explicit}" />

When you set the UpdateSourceTrigger value to Explicit, the source value only changes when the application calls the UpdateSource method. The following example shows how to call UpdateSource for itemNameTextBox:

// itemNameTextBox is an instance of a TextBox
BindingExpression be = itemNameTextBox.GetBindingExpression(TextBox.TextProperty);
be.UpdateSource();
NoteNote

You can use the same technique for properties of other controls, but keep in mind that most other properties have a default UpdateSourceTrigger value of PropertyChanged. For more information, see the UpdateSourceTrigger property page.

NoteNote

The UpdateSourceTrigger property deals with source updates and therefore is only relevant for TwoWay or OneWayToSource bindings. For TwoWay and OneWayToSource bindings to work, the source object needs to provide property change notifications. You can refer to the samples cited in this topic for more information. In addition, you can look at How to: Implement Property Change Notification.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0

.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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