Form ExamplesUse the Form type, and event handlers like FormClosing, in Windows Forms.
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Form. Every Windows Forms program will use the Form class. In many programs, the Load, FormClosing and FormClosed event handlers provide needed functionality. Intro notes. We look closer at Form. We demonstrate several event handlers on the Form class. Many other properties and event handlers are available. Load.
To start, create a new Windows Forms program. Next, we add the Load event handler. In Visual Studio, double-click somewhere on the visible Form.
Detail In Form1_Load, you can set things like the title text (Text property) or the Window position. Detail Here you can use logic to see if the program should stay open. Perhaps some data was not saved to the database. Detail Set the Cancel property on the FormClosingEventArgs to true and the Form will remain open. A dialog box might be helpful.
Detail Here you know the Form has been closed—you can't cancel it at this point. This is a good place to write settings to the disk.
public partial class Form1 :
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
// You can set properties in the Load event handler.
this.Text = DateTime.Now.DayOfWeek.ToString();
this.Top = 60;
this.Left = 60;
private void Form1_FormClosing(object sender, FormClosingEventArgs e)
// You can cancel the Form from closing.
if ((DateTime.Now.Minute % 2) == 1)
this.Text = "Can't close on odd minute";
e.Cancel = true;
private void Form1_FormClosed(object sender, FormClosedEventArgs e)
// You can write to a file to store settings here.
The clearest way to create a new Form is to add the using statement to your code and then call Show or ShowDialog. Please add a button_Click event handler to a button.
And This will create the following method—we have added the using statement to the method. Info We see the Click event handler for button4, which is just a regular Button control in Windows Forms. Detail The 2 parameters, "object sender" and "EventArgs e" are not specific to this example and you can ignore them. Finally ShowDialog is called on the new Form instance. This will show the dialog in the form. You can assign its result to a DialogResult.
button4_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
using (Form2 form2 = new Form2())
Here we see an example of how you can use DialogResult and ShowDialog together. We also pass a parameter to the Form3 constructor.
button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
using (Form3 form3 = new Form3(new object())) // <-- Parameter
DialogResult result = form3.ShowDialog();
if (result == DialogResult.OK) // <-- Checks DialogResult
Form is the base class for all custom windows (such as Form1) that you might develop. You can reference all these derived types from the base type Form.
However If you are handling child forms, it is probably best to reference them through the most derived type. Summary. The Form type presents several important event handlers as well as properties. The Load, FormClosing, and FormClosed event handlers are of particular interest.
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