July 28, 2014
Occurs when a keyboard key is pressed while the UIElement has focus.
Assembly: System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.
Use a handler based on KeyEventHandler to handle this event. To determine the specific key that was pressed, check Key or PlatformKeyCode. To determine if any modifier keys are pressed, check Keyboard.Modifiers.
The event is a bubbling event. This means that if multiple event handlers are registered for a sequence of objects connected by parent-child relationships in the object tree, the event is received by each object in that relationship. The bubbling metaphor indicates that the event starts at the object that has focus while the key is pressed, and works its way up the object tree. For a bubbling event, the sender available to the event handler identifies the object where the event is handled, not necessarily the object that actually received the input condition that initiated the event. To get the object that initiated the event, use the OriginalSource value of the event's RoutedEventArgs event data.
Element focus and the ability to initiate a keyboard event are related concepts. In order to generate the event, the UIElement must have focus.
KeyUp and OnKeyUp
Controls that inherit can provide handling for the event that acts as handler for all instances, by overriding the OnKeyDown method. This might include marking the Handled value of the event as true, which has the effect of suppressing further handling of the event for some or all keys on any instance of the control (and potentially any subclass of the control). For more information, see OnKeyDown.
You can also register handlers such that they are invoked even for already-handled routed events. For more information, see AddHandler.