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Console.CancelKeyPress Event

Occurs when the Control modifier key (CTRL) and C console key (C) are pressed simultaneously (CTRL+C).

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

public static event ConsoleCancelEventHandler CancelKeyPress

This event is used in conjunction with System.ConsoleCancelEventHandler and System.ConsoleCancelEventArgs. The CancelKeyPress event enables a console application to intercept the CTRL+C signal so the application can decide whether to continue executing or terminate. For more information about handling events, see Consuming Events.

Use this event to explicitly control how your application responds to the CTRL+C signal. If your application has simple requirements, you can use the TreatControlCAsInput property instead of this event.

The event handler for this event is executed on a thread pool thread.

The following example demonstrates how the CancelKeyPress event is used.


using System;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        ConsoleKeyInfo cki;

        Console.Clear();

        // Establish an event handler to process key press events.
        Console.CancelKeyPress += new ConsoleCancelEventHandler(myHandler);
        while (true) {
            Console.Write("Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or ");
            Console.WriteLine("CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation:");

            // Start a console read operation. Do not display the input.
            cki = Console.ReadKey(true);

            // Announce the name of the key that was pressed .
            Console.WriteLine("  Key pressed: {0}\n", cki.Key);

            // Exit if the user pressed the 'X' key.
            if (cki.Key == ConsoleKey.X) break;
        }
    }

    protected static void myHandler(object sender, ConsoleCancelEventArgs args)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("\nThe read operation has been interrupted.");

        Console.WriteLine("  Key pressed: {0}", args.SpecialKey);

        Console.WriteLine("  Cancel property: {0}", args.Cancel);

        // Set the Cancel property to true to prevent the process from terminating.
        Console.WriteLine("Setting the Cancel property to true...");
        args.Cancel = true;

        // Announce the new value of the Cancel property.
        Console.WriteLine("  Cancel property: {0}", args.Cancel);
        Console.WriteLine("The read operation will resume...\n");
    }
}
// The example displays output similar to the follwoing:
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation:
//      Key pressed: J
//    
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation:
//      Key pressed: Enter
//    
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation:
//    
//    The read operation has been interrupted.
//      Key pressed: ControlC
//      Cancel property: False
//    Setting the Cancel property to true...
//      Cancel property: True
//    The read operation will resume...
//    
//      Key pressed: Q
//    
//    Press any key, or 'X' to quit, or CTRL+C to interrupt the read operation:
//      Key pressed: X


.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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