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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)

static event ConsoleCancelEventHandler^ CancelKeyPress {
	void add (ConsoleCancelEventHandler^ value);
	void remove (ConsoleCancelEventHandler^ value);
/** @event */
public static void add_CancelKeyPress (ConsoleCancelEventHandler value)

/** @event */
public static void remove_CancelKeyPress (ConsoleCancelEventHandler value)

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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 code example demonstrates how the CancelKeyPress event is used.

// This example demonstrates:
// the Console.CancelKeyPress event,
// the ConsoleCancelEventHandler delegate, 
// the ConsoleCancelEventArgs.SpecialKey property, and 
// the ConsoleCancelEventArgs.Cancel property.

using namespace System;

// When you press CTRL+C, the read operation is interrupted and the 
// console cancel event handler, myHandler, is invoked. Upon entry 
// to the event handler, the Cancel property is false, which means 
// the current process will terminate when the event handler terminates. 
// However, the event handler sets the Cancel property to true, which 
// means the process will not terminate and the read operation will resume.
void OnCancelKeyPressed(Object^ sender, 
    ConsoleCancelEventArgs^ args)
    // Announce that the event handler has been invoked.
    Console::WriteLine("{0}The read operation has been interrupted.",

    // Announce which key combination was pressed.
    Console::WriteLine("  Key pressed: {0}", args->SpecialKey);

    // Announce the initial value of the Cancel property.
    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...{0}",

int main()
    // Clear the screen.

    // Turn off the default system behavior when CTRL+C is pressed. When 
    // Console.TreatControlCAsInput is false, CTRL+C is treated as an
    // interrupt instead of as input.
    Console::TreatControlCAsInput = false;

    // Establish an event handler to process key press events.
    Console::CancelKeyPress += 
        gcnew ConsoleCancelEventHandler(OnCancelKeyPressed);

    while (true)
        // Prompt the user.
        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.
        ConsoleKeyInfo^ keyInfo = Console::ReadKey(true);

        // Announce the name of the key that was pressed .
        Console::WriteLine("  Key pressed: {0}{1}", keyInfo->Key, 

        // Exit if the user pressed the 'X' key.
        if (keyInfo->Key == ConsoleKey::X)
This code example produces results similar to the following text:

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


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0