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How to: Detect When the Enter Key Pressed

This example shows how to detect when the Enter key is pressed on the keyboard.

This example consists of a Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) file and a code-behind file.

When the user presses the Enter key in the TextBox, the input in the text box appears in another area of the user interface (UI).

The following XAML creates the user interface, which consists of a StackPanel, a TextBlock, and a TextBox.

  <TextBlock Width="300" Height="20">
    Type some text into the TextBox and press the Enter key.
  <TextBox Width="300" Height="30" Name="textBox1"
  <TextBlock Width="300" Height="100" Name="textBlock1"/>

The following code behind creates the KeyDown event handler. If the key that is pressed is the Enter key, a message is displayed in the TextBlock.

private void OnKeyDownHandler(object sender, KeyEventArgs e)
    if (e.Key == Key.Return)
        textBlock1.Text = "You Entered: " + textBox1.Text;