#854 – Clicked vs. Checked/Unchecked Events for CheckBox

If you want to add an event handler for a CheckBox that gets executed whenever a user clicks on the CheckBox, you can take one of two different approaches:

  • Add a handler for the Click event and then check the IsChecked property to discover the new state (checked / unchecked / indeterminate)
  • Handle one or more of the specific events for the individual states–Checked, Unchecked or Indeterminate

When a user clicks on the CheckBox, the specific event (e.g. Checked) is fired, followed by the Click event.

        private void CheckBox_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            CheckBox cb = sender as CheckBox;
            string checkState;

            if (!cb.IsChecked.HasValue)
                checkState = "Indeterminate";
                if (cb.IsChecked == true)
                    checkState = "Checked";
                    checkState = "Unchecked";

            Trace.WriteLine(string.Format("Click event: {0}", checkState));

        private void CheckBox_Checked(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            Trace.WriteLine("Checked event");

        private void CheckBox_Unchecked(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            Trace.WriteLine("Unchecked event");

        private void CheckBox_Indeterminate(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            Trace.WriteLine("Indeterminate event");



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One Response to #854 – Clicked vs. Checked/Unchecked Events for CheckBox

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