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Application::AddMessageFilter Method

Adds a message filter to monitor Windows messages as they are routed to their destinations.

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

static void AddMessageFilter(
	IMessageFilter^ value


Type: System.Windows.Forms::IMessageFilter

The implementation of the IMessageFilter interface you want to install.

Use a message filter to prevent specific events from being raised or to perform special operations for an event before it is passed to an event handler. Message filters are unique to a specific thread.

To prevent a message from being dispatched, the value parameter instance that you pass to this method must override the PreFilterMessage method with the code to handle the message. The method must return false.

Caution noteCaution:

Adding message filters to the message pump for an application can degrade performance.

The following code example creates a message filter called TestMessageFilter. This filter blocks all messages relating to the left mouse button. Before you can use a message filter, you must provide an implementation for the IMessageFilter interface.

// Creates a  message filter. 
ref class TestMessageFilter: public IMessageFilter
   [SecurityPermission(SecurityAction::LinkDemand, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag::UnmanagedCode)]
   virtual bool PreFilterMessage( Message % m )

      // Blocks all the messages relating to the left mouse button. 
      if ( m.Msg >= 513 && m.Msg <= 515 )
         Console::WriteLine( "Processing the messages : {0}", m.Msg );
         return true;

      return false;


Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0