#624 – Information Available to Key Up/Down Events

All four of the keypress-related events (PreviewKeyDown, KeyDown, PreviewKeyUp, and KeyUp) send an instance of the KeyEventArgs object to the associated event handler.

private void TextBox_KeyDown(object sender, KeyEventArgs e)
{
}

Here are some of the more important properties available in the KeyEventArgs object:

  • Key property – The System.Windows.Input.Key being pressed.  E.g. Key.Q
  • Timestamp – Time of key press, in # ticks (milliseconds) since last reboot
  • IsDown / IsUp – Is the key currently down or up?
  • IsRepeat – Is this keystroke a repeat due to holding a key down?
  • IsToggled – For keys that toggle, like Caps Lock, indicates current toggled state
  • Source – The control that had focus when the key was pressed
  • OriginalSource – Either the control where the key was pressed, or a lower-level child element
  • Handled – Can set to true to indicate that you’ve handled the event, short-circuiting the event routing (generally)
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2 Responses to #624 – Information Available to Key Up/Down Events

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