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How to: Designate a Windows Forms Button as the Cancel Button Using the Designer

On any Windows Form, you can designate a Button control to be the cancel button. A cancel button is clicked whenever the user presses the ESC key, regardless of which other control on the form has the focus. Such a button is usually programmed to enable the user to quickly exit an operation without committing to any action.


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To designate the cancel button

  1. Select the form on which the button resides.

  2. In the Properties window, set the form's CancelButton property to the Button control's name.