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Control.BeginInvoke Method (Delegate)

Executes the specified delegate asynchronously on the thread that the control's underlying handle was created on.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in

public IAsyncResult BeginInvoke (
	Delegate method
public IAsyncResult BeginInvoke (
	Delegate method
public function BeginInvoke (
	method : Delegate
) : IAsyncResult
Not applicable.



A delegate to a method that takes no parameters.

Return Value

An IAsyncResult that represents the result of the BeginInvoke operation.

The delegate is called asynchronously, and this method returns immediately. You can call this method from any thread, even the thread that owns the control's handle. If the control's handle does not exist yet, this method searches up the control's parent chain until it finds a control or form that does have a window handle. If no appropriate handle can be found, BeginInvoke will throw an exception. Exceptions within the delegate method are considered untrapped and will be sent to the application's untrapped exception handler.


Most methods on a control can only be called from the thread where the control was created. In addition to the InvokeRequired property, there are four methods on a control that are thread safe: Invoke, BeginInvoke, EndInvoke, and CreateGraphics if the handle for the control has already been created. Calling CreateGraphics before the control's handle has been created on a background thread can cause illegal cross thread calls. For all other method calls, you should use one of the invoke methods to marshal the call to the control's thread. The invoke methods always invoke their callbacks on the control's thread.


An exception might be thrown if the thread that should process the message is no longer active.

The following code example demonstrates a use of the BeginInvoke method.

public delegate void InvokeDelegate();

private void Invoke_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
   myTextBox.BeginInvoke(new InvokeDelegate(InvokeMethod));
public void InvokeMethod()
   myTextBox.Text = "Executed the given delegate";

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, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0