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KeyGesture Class

Defines a keyboard combination that can be used to invoke a command.

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

public class KeyGesture : InputGesture
<object property="oneOrMoreModifierKeys+key"/>
- or -
<object property="functionKey"/>

XAML Values



A single key value, which must be one of the function keys (F1-12) or numeric keypad keys.


One or more modifier keys, defined by the ModifierKeys enumeration, delimited with a "+" character.



A single key value.

In most cases, a KeyGesture must be associated with one or more ModifierKeys. The exceptions to this rule are the function keys and the numeric keypad keys, which can be a valid KeyGesture by themselves. For example, you can create a KeyGesture by using only the F12 key, but to use the X key in a KeyGesture it must be paired with a modifier key.

In general, you can

You can use a KeyBinding to bind a KeyGesture to an ICommand, so that the command is invoked when the KeyGesture occurs.

For KeyGesture XAML usages, the property that is generally set in XAML is Gesture, in cases where the gesture represents both a standard key and a modifier key. You can also set the Gesture property to be just a function key, or just a modifier key combination. However, it is more common to set the Key property if the intended command binding is a function key with no modifiers, or Modifiers if the intended command binding is for modifier keys only.

The following example shows how to bind the Close command to a KeyGesture using a KeyBinding.

KeyGesture CloseCmdKeyGesture = new KeyGesture(
    Key.L, ModifierKeys.Alt);

KeyBinding CloseKeyBinding = new KeyBinding(
    ApplicationCommands.Close, CloseCmdKeyGesture);


The following example shows how to use KeyGesture in XAML. Note that the XAML usage does not directly declare a <KeyGesture> element. That object element usage is not possible because KeyGesture does not expose a public default constructor. Instead, the XAML usage uses the typeconverter behavior to declare an entire KeyGesture inline as the Gesture attribute value.

  <KeyBinding Command="ApplicationCommands.Open"
              Gesture="CTRL+R" />

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

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