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Keyboard.IsKeyDown Method

Determines whether the specified key is pressed.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Input
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public static bool IsKeyDown(
	Key key
You cannot use methods in XAML.


Type: System.Windows.Input.Key

The specified key.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if key is in the down state; otherwise, false.

The GetKeyStates method can be used to determine the set of states of a specific key.

The following example shows how to use the IsKeyDown method to determine the state of a specific key. The Return key is passed to the IsKeyDown method. If the method returns true, the background of a Button is changed.

// Uses the Keyboard.IsKeyDown to determine if a key is down. 
// e is an instance of KeyEventArgs. 
if (Keyboard.IsKeyDown(Key.Return))
    btnIsDown.Background = Brushes.Red;
    btnIsDown.Background = Brushes.AliceBlue;

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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