Raises the KeyDown event.
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
Raising an event invokes the event handler through a delegate. For more information, see Handling and Raising Events.
The method also allows derived classes to handle the event without attaching a delegate. This is the preferred technique for handling the event in a derived class.Notes to Inheritors
When overriding in a derived class, be sure to call the base class's method so that registered delegates receive the event.
The following code example uses the KeyDown event to determine the type of character entered into the control.
' Boolean flag used to determine when a character other than a number is entered. Private nonNumberEntered As Boolean = False ' Handle the KeyDown event to determine the type of character entered into the control. Private Sub textBox1_KeyDown(sender As Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyEventArgs) _ Handles textBox1.KeyDown ' Initialize the flag to false. nonNumberEntered = False ' Determine whether the keystroke is a number from the top of the keyboard. If e.KeyCode < Keys.D0 OrElse e.KeyCode > Keys.D9 Then ' Determine whether the keystroke is a number from the keypad. If e.KeyCode < Keys.NumPad0 OrElse e.KeyCode > Keys.NumPad9 Then ' Determine whether the keystroke is a backspace. If e.KeyCode <> Keys.Back Then ' A non-numerical keystroke was pressed. ' Set the flag to true and evaluate in KeyPress event. nonNumberEntered = True End If End If End If 'If shift key was pressed, it's not a number. If Control.ModifierKeys = Keys.Shift Then nonNumberEntered = true End If End Sub 'textBox1_KeyDown ' This event occurs after the KeyDown event and can be used ' to prevent characters from entering the control. Private Sub textBox1_KeyPress(sender As Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.KeyPressEventArgs) _ Handles textBox1.KeyPress ' Check for the flag being set in the KeyDown event. If nonNumberEntered = True Then ' Stop the character from being entered into the control since it is non-numerical. e.Handled = True End If End Sub 'textBox1_KeyPress