KeyEventArgs::Handled Property


Gets or sets a value indicating whether the event was handled.

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

property bool Handled {
	bool get();
	void set(bool value);

Property Value

Type: System::Boolean

true to bypass the control's default handling; otherwise, false to also pass the event along to the default control handler.

Handled is implemented differently by different controls within Windows Forms. For controls like TextBox which subclass native Win32 controls, it is interpreted to mean that the key message should not be passed to the underlying native control. If you set Handled to true on a TextBox, that control will not pass the key press events to the underlying Win32 text box control, but it will still display the characters that the user typed.

If you want to prevent the current control from receiving a key press, use the SuppressKeyPress property.

The following example determines whether the user pressed a non-numeric key, and if so, cancels the KeyPress event by using the Handled property.

   // Boolean flag used to determine when a character other than a number is entered.
   bool nonNumberEntered;

   // Handle the KeyDown event to determine the type of character entered into the control.
   void textBox1_KeyDown( Object^ /*sender*/, System::Windows::Forms::KeyEventArgs^ e )
      // 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 || e->KeyCode > Keys::D9 )
         // Determine whether the keystroke is a number from the keypad.
         if ( e->KeyCode < Keys::NumPad0 || e->KeyCode > Keys::NumPad9 )
            // Determine whether the keystroke is a backspace.
            if ( e->KeyCode != Keys::Back )
               // A non-numerical keystroke was pressed.
               // Set the flag to true and evaluate in KeyPress event.
               nonNumberEntered = true;
      //If shift key was pressed, it's not a number.
      if (Control::ModifierKeys == Keys::Shift) {
         nonNumberEntered = true;

   // This event occurs after the KeyDown event and can be used to prevent
   // characters from entering the control.
   void textBox1_KeyPress( Object^ /*sender*/, System::Windows::Forms::KeyPressEventArgs^ e )
      // Check for the flag being set in the KeyDown event.
      if ( nonNumberEntered == true )
      {         // Stop the character from being entered into the control since it is non-numerical.
         e->Handled = true;

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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