WebBrowser. This control can be used to display web pages. It has many useful options. You can use this Windows Forms control with C# code to create a kiosk-like browser.
Getting started. To begin, drag a WebBrowser to your Windows Form in Visual Studio, and add a Navigating event. The Load event on the form can be used to initialize WebBrowser.
Navigate example. The control offers the Navigate() method. This gives many options for changing the location of the currently viewed page.
Info As with other controls, the WebBrowser offers event handlers. These trigger when a page is being loaded and when the page is loaded.
Tip You can add the event handlers in the code example by double-clicking on the Form itself to create the Form1_Load handler.
And To create Navigating and DocumentCompleted, right-click on the WebBrowser, select properties, and then click on the lightning bolt.
Result When you execute this program, you will find that the text "Navigating" immediately appears in the title bar.
public partial class Form1 : Form
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
// When the form loads, open this web page.
private void webBrowser1_Navigating(object sender, WebBrowserNavigatingEventArgs e)
// Set text while the page has not yet loaded.
this.Text = "Navigating";
private void webBrowser1_DocumentCompleted(object sender,
// Better use the e parameter to get the url.// ... This makes the method more generic and reusable.
this.Text = e.Url.ToString() + " loaded";
Context menus. By default, you will get the context menu for when you right-click on the content area of the WebBrowser. This can be disabled with a property.
Tip To disable this option, please set the IsWebBrowserContextMenuEnabled property to False in the Properties window.
Warning If you have the default browser context menu available, users can take unexpected actions, like navigate to any page.
DocumentCompleted. This event handler is often useful. The code you put in this handler is executed whenever the page you navigate to is finished loading.
And At this point, you can indicate completion through a change in the window's title or another user interface element.
Set Url. Instead of calling the Navigate method, you can just set the Url property of the WebBrowser. You will need to use the Uri() constructor syntax when you assign this property.
Summary. The WebBrowser control supports web browsing. Useful for providing a kiosk-style web browsing function, this control gives you the ability to handle local and remote web pages with ease.
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This page was last updated on Oct 1, 2022 (simplify).