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ContainerControl.ValidateChildren Method

Causes all of the child controls within a control that support validation to validate their data.

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

'Declaration
<BrowsableAttribute(False)> _
Public Overridable Function ValidateChildren As Boolean

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if all of the children validated successfully; otherwise, false. If called from the Validating or Validated event handlers, this method will always return false.

ValidateChildren will descend a control's hierarchy and examine each control to see if it supports validation. If the control can be selected by the user and its CausesValidation property is true, ValidateChildren will cause the Validating event to occur. If any of the controls cancel the Validating event, this method will return false; otherwise, it will return true.

If a control is bound to a data source, and the Validating event occurs, it will cause the control to push its current data back to the data source.

Calling ValidateChildren is equivalent to calling ValidateChildren with a ValidationConstraints of None.

The following code example turns off implicit validation for a form and all of its contained controls, and instead manually performs validation of all of the form's children when a mouse button is clicked.


Imports System
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class Form1
    Inherits Form

    'Entry point which delegates to C-style main Private Function
    Public Overloads Shared Sub Main()
        Main(System.Environment.GetCommandLineArgs())
    End Sub

    Private Overloads Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        Application.EnableVisualStyles()
        Application.Run(New Form1())
    End Sub 'Main

    Private WithEvents FirstNameBox, LastNameBox As TextBox
    Private WithEvents ValidateButton As Button
    Private FlowLayout1 As FlowLayoutPanel

    Private Sub New()
    End Sub

    Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        ' Turn off validation when a control loses focus. This will be inherited by child
        ' controls on the form, enabling us to validate the entire form when the 
        ' button is clicked instead of one control at a time.
        Me.AutoValidate = System.Windows.Forms.AutoValidate.Disable

        FlowLayout1 = New FlowLayoutPanel()
        FlowLayout1.Dock = DockStyle.Fill

        FirstNameBox = New TextBox()
        FirstNameBox.Name = "FirstNameBox"
        FirstNameBox.Location = New Point(10, 10)
        FirstNameBox.Size = New Size(75, FirstNameBox.Size.Height)
        FirstNameBox.CausesValidation = True
        FlowLayout1.Controls.Add(FirstNameBox)

        LastNameBox = New TextBox()
        LastNameBox.Name = "LastNameBox"
        LastNameBox.Location = New Point(90, 10)
        LastNameBox.Size = New Size(75, LastNameBox.Size.Height)
        LastNameBox.CausesValidation = True
        FlowLayout1.Controls.Add(LastNameBox)

        ValidateButton = New Button()
        ValidateButton.Text = "Validate"
        ValidateButton.Location = New Point(170, 10)
        ValidateButton.Size = New Size(75, ValidateButton.Size.Height)
        FlowLayout1.Controls.Add(ValidateButton)

        Me.Text = "Test Validation"

        Me.Controls.Add(FlowLayout1)
    End Sub


    Private Sub FirstNameBox_Validating(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs) Handles FirstNameBox.Validating
        If FirstNameBox.Text.Length = 0 Then
            e.Cancel = True
        Else
            e.Cancel = False
        End If
    End Sub


    Private Sub LastNameBox_Validating(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs) Handles LastNameBox.Validating
        e.Cancel = False
    End Sub


    Private Sub ValidateButton_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles ValidateButton.Click
        If ValidateChildren() Then
            MessageBox.Show("Validation succeeded!")
        Else
            MessageBox.Show("Validation failed.")
        End If
    End Sub
End Class


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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