HelpEventArgs Class
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HelpEventArgs Class


Provides data for the HelpRequested event.

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


public class HelpEventArgs : EventArgs


Initializes a new instance of the HelpEventArgs class.


Gets or sets a value indicating whether the help event was handled.


Gets the screen coordinates of the mouse pointer.


Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.(Inherited from Object.)


Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)


Serves as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

The HelpRequested event occurs when the user requests help for a control. A HelpEventArgs object specifies the screen coordinates of the mouse pointer and whether the event was handled.

For information about the event model, see Handling and Raising Events.

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.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox addressTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Label label2;
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox cityTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Label label3;
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox stateTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox zipTextBox;
    private System.Windows.Forms.Label helpLabel;

    static void Main() 
        Application.Run(new Form1());

    public Form1()
        this.addressTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
        this.helpLabel = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
        this.label2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
        this.cityTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
        this.label3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
        this.stateTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();
        this.zipTextBox = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();

        // Help Label
        this.helpLabel.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.Fixed3D;
        this.helpLabel.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 80);
        this.helpLabel.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(272, 72);
        this.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
        this.label2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 8);
        this.label2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(100, 16);
        this.label2.Text = "Address:";

        // Comma Label
        this.label3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(136, 56);
        this.label3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(16, 16);
        this.label3.Text = ",";

        // Address TextBox
        this.addressTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 24);
        this.addressTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(264, 20);
        this.addressTextBox.TabIndex = 0;
        this.addressTextBox.Tag = "Enter the street address in this text box.";
        this.addressTextBox.Text = "";
        this.addressTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // City TextBox
        this.cityTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 48);
        this.cityTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(120, 20);
        this.cityTextBox.TabIndex = 3;
        this.cityTextBox.Tag = "Enter the city here.";
        this.cityTextBox.Text = "";
        this.cityTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // State TextBox
        this.stateTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(152, 48);
        this.stateTextBox.MaxLength = 2;
        this.stateTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(32, 20);
        this.stateTextBox.TabIndex = 5;
        this.stateTextBox.Tag = "Enter the state in this text box.";
        this.stateTextBox.Text = "";
        this.stateTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // Zip TextBox
        this.zipTextBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(192, 48);
        this.zipTextBox.Name = "zipTextBox";
        this.zipTextBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(88, 20);
        this.zipTextBox.TabIndex = 6;
        this.zipTextBox.Tag = "Enter the zip code here.";
        this.zipTextBox.Text = "";
        this.zipTextBox.HelpRequested += new System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventHandler(this.textBox_HelpRequested);

        // Set up how the form should be displayed and add the controls to the form.
        this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 160);
        this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] { this.zipTextBox, 
                                this.stateTextBox, this.label3, this.cityTextBox,  
                                this.label2, this.helpLabel, this.addressTextBox});

        this.FormBorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.FixedDialog;
        this.HelpButton = true;
        this.MaximizeBox = false;
        this.MinimizeBox = false;
        this.Text = "Help Event Demonstration";    

    private void textBox_HelpRequested(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventArgs hlpevent)
        // 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.

        Control requestingControl = (Control)sender;
        helpLabel.Text = (string)requestingControl.Tag;
        hlpevent.Handled = true;

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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