DefaultEventAttribute Class
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DefaultEventAttribute Class


Specifies the default event for a component.

Namespace:   System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)


public sealed class DefaultEventAttribute : Attribute


Initializes a new instance of the DefaultEventAttribute class.


Gets the name of the default event for the component this attribute is bound to.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns whether the value of the given object is equal to the current DefaultEventAttribute.(Overrides Attribute.Equals(Object).)


Returns the hash code for this instance.(Overrides Attribute.GetHashCode().)


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


When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.(Inherited from Attribute.)


When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


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


Specifies the default value for the DefaultEventAttribute, which is null. This static field is read-only.

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

Use the Name property to get the name of the default event.

For more information, see Extending Metadata Using Attributes.

The following example defines a collection class named MyCollection. The class is marked with a DefaultEventAttribute that specifies CollectionChanged as the default event.

public class MyCollection : BaseCollection {

    private CollectionChangeEventHandler onCollectionChanged;

    public event CollectionChangeEventHandler CollectionChanged {
       add {
          onCollectionChanged += value;
       remove {
          onCollectionChanged -= value;
    // Insert additional code.

The next example creates an instance of MyCollection. Then it gets the attributes for the class, extracts the DefaultEventAttribute, and prints the name of the default event.

public static int Main() {
    // Creates a new collection.
    MyCollection myNewCollection = new MyCollection();

    // Gets the attributes for the collection.
    AttributeCollection attributes = TypeDescriptor.GetAttributes(myNewCollection);

    /* Prints the name of the default event by retrieving the 
     * DefaultEventAttribute from the AttributeCollection. */
    DefaultEventAttribute myAttribute = 
    Console.WriteLine("The default event is: " + myAttribute.Name);
    return 0;

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Available since 4.0

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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