Control.ProcessMnemonic Method

Processes a mnemonic character.

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

protected internal virtual bool ProcessMnemonic (
	char charCode
protected boolean ProcessMnemonic (
	char charCode
protected internal function ProcessMnemonic (
	charCode : char
) : boolean



The character to process.

Return Value

true if the character was processed as a mnemonic by the control; otherwise, false.

This method is called to give a control the opportunity to process a mnemonic character. The method should determine whether the control is in a state to process mnemonics and if whether the given character represents a mnemonic. If so, the method should perform the action associated with the mnemonic and return true. If not, the method should return false. Implementations of this method often use the IsMnemonic method to determine whether the given character matches a mnemonic in the control's text.

For example:

if (CanSelect && IsMnemonic(charCode, MyControl.Text) {
      // Perform action associated with mnemonic.

This default implementation of the ProcessMnemonic method simply returns false to indicate that the control has no mnemonic.

The following code example demonstrates an extension of the button class that overrides the ProcessMnemonic method to exhibit custom behavior. The example also demonstrates the use of the CanSelect and IsMnemonic properties. To run this example paste the following code after a form class, in the same file. Add a button of type MnemonicButton to the form.

// This button is a simple extension of the button class that overrides
// the ProcessMnemonic method.  If the mnemonic is correctly entered,  
// the message box will appear and the click event will be raised.  
// This method makes sure the control is selectable and the 
// mnemonic is correct before displaying the message box
// and triggering the click event.
public ref class MyMnemonicButton: public Button
   bool ProcessMnemonic( char inputChar )
      if ( CanSelect && IsMnemonic( inputChar, this->Text ) )
         MessageBox::Show( "You've raised the click event "
         "using the mnemonic." );
         return true;

      return false;


Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0