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Control::SelectNextControl Method

Updated: September 2010

Activates the next control.

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

bool SelectNextControl(
	Control^ ctl, 
	bool forward, 
	bool tabStopOnly, 
	bool nested, 
	bool wrap


Type: System.Windows.Forms::Control

The Control at which to start the search.

Type: System::Boolean

true to move forward in the tab order; false to move backward in the tab order.

Type: System::Boolean

true to ignore the controls with the TabStop property set to false; otherwise, false.

Type: System::Boolean

true to include nested (children of child controls) child controls; otherwise, false.

Type: System::Boolean

true to continue searching from the first control in the tab order after the last control has been reached; otherwise, false.

Return Value

Type: System::Boolean
true if a control was activated; otherwise, false.

The SelectNextControl method activates the next control in the tab order if the control's Selectable style bit is set to true in ControlStyles, it is contained in another control, and all its parent controls are both visible and enabled.

The Windows Forms controls in the following list are not selectable. Controls derived from controls in the list will also not be selectable.

When you change the focus by using the keyboard (TAB, SHIFT+TAB, and so on), by calling the Select or SelectNextControl methods, or by setting the ContainerControl::ActiveControl property to the current form, focus events occur in the following order:

  1. Enter

  2. GotFocus

  3. Leave

  4. Validating

  5. Validated

  6. LostFocus

If the CausesValidation property is set to false, the Validating and Validated events are suppressed.

The following code example shows the SelectNextControl method being used in a form that has some controls. Each time that you click the form, the next control is activated. The ActiveControl property gets the currently active control in the container control.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

The following code example shows the SelectNextControl method being used in a form that has a Button and some other controls. When you click the Button, the next control after the Button is activated. Notice that you have to get the parent of the Button control. Since Button is not a container, calling SelectNextControl directly on the Button would not change the activation.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0




September 2010

Added code examples.

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