HelpEventArgs Class
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HelpEventArgs Class

Provides data for the HelpRequested event.

System.Object
  System.EventArgs
    System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventArgs

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

'Declaration
<ComVisibleAttribute(True)> _
Public Class HelpEventArgs _
	Inherits EventArgs

The HelpEventArgs type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodHelpEventArgsInitializes a new instance of the HelpEventArgs class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyHandledGets or sets a value indicating whether the help event was handled.
Public propertyMousePosGets the screen coordinates of the mouse pointer.
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  NameDescription
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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The HelpRequested event occurs when the user requests help for a control. A HelpEventArgs object specifies the screen coordinates of the mouse pointer and whether the event was handled.

For information about the event model, see Events and Delegates.

The following example demonstrates handling the HelpRequested event to display custom Help content on a form containing four address fields. The HelpRequested event is raised either by pressing the F1 key with the focus in an address field, or by the using the context-sensitive Help button and clicking the Help cursor on an address field. The Handled property is set to true to indicate that the HelpRequested event is handled. The example also demonstrates storing the Help text in the Control.Tag property.


Imports System
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class Form1
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form
    Private WithEvents addressTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents label2 As System.Windows.Forms.Label
    Private WithEvents cityTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents label3 As System.Windows.Forms.Label
    Private WithEvents stateTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents zipTextBox As System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
    Private WithEvents helpLabel As System.Windows.Forms.Label

    <STAThread()> _
    Shared Sub Main()
        Application.Run(New Form1)
    End Sub 'Main

    Public Sub New()
        Me.addressTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
        Me.helpLabel = New System.Windows.Forms.Label
        Me.label2 = New System.Windows.Forms.Label
        Me.cityTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
        Me.label3 = New System.Windows.Forms.Label
        Me.stateTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox
        Me.zipTextBox = New System.Windows.Forms.TextBox

        ' Help Label
        Me.helpLabel.BorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.BorderStyle.Fixed3D
        Me.helpLabel.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(8, 80)
        Me.helpLabel.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(272, 72)
        Me.helpLabel.Text = "Click on any control to give it focus, and then " & _
            "press F1 to display help for that" + " control.  Alternately, you can " & _
            "click the help button at the top of the dialog and then click on a control."

        ' Address Label
        Me.label2.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 8)
        Me.label2.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(100, 16)
        Me.label2.Text = "Address:"

        ' Comma Label
        Me.label3.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(136, 56)
        Me.label3.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(16, 16)
        Me.label3.Text = ","

        ' Address TextBox
        Me.addressTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 24)
        Me.addressTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(264, 20)
        Me.addressTextBox.TabIndex = 0
        Me.addressTextBox.Tag = "Enter the stree address in this text box."
        Me.addressTextBox.Text = ""

        ' City TextBox
        Me.cityTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(16, 48)
        Me.cityTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(120, 20)
        Me.cityTextBox.TabIndex = 3
        Me.cityTextBox.Tag = "Enter the city here."
        Me.cityTextBox.Text = ""

        ' State TextBox
        Me.stateTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(152, 48)
        Me.stateTextBox.MaxLength = 2
        Me.stateTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(32, 20)
        Me.stateTextBox.TabIndex = 5
        Me.stateTextBox.Tag = "Enter the state in this text box."
        Me.stateTextBox.Text = ""

        ' Zip TextBox
        Me.zipTextBox.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(192, 48)
        Me.zipTextBox.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(88, 20)
        Me.zipTextBox.TabIndex = 6
        Me.zipTextBox.Tag = "Enter the zip code here."
        Me.zipTextBox.Text = ""

        ' Set up how the form should be displayed and add the controls to the form.
        Me.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(292, 160)
        Me.Controls.AddRange(New System.Windows.Forms.Control() {Me.zipTextBox, _
                                Me.stateTextBox, Me.label3, Me.cityTextBox, _
                                Me.label2, Me.helpLabel, Me.addressTextBox})
        Me.FormBorderStyle = System.Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.FixedDialog
        Me.HelpButton = True
        Me.MaximizeBox = False
        Me.MinimizeBox = False
        Me.Text = "Help Event Demonstration"
    End Sub 'New

    Private Sub textBox_HelpRequested(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal hlpevent As System.Windows.Forms.HelpEventArgs) Handles addressTextBox.HelpRequested, cityTextBox.HelpRequested, stateTextBox.HelpRequested, zipTextBox.HelpRequested
        ' This event is raised when the F1 key is pressed or the
        ' Help cursor is clicked on any of the address fields.
        ' The Help text for the field is in the control's
        ' Tag property. It is retrieved and displayed in the label.

        Dim requestingControl As Control = CType(sender, Control)
        helpLabel.Text = CStr(requestingControl.Tag)
        hlpevent.Handled = True

    End Sub 'textBox_HelpRequested
End Class 'Form1


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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