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Control.BeginInvoke Method (Delegate)

Executes the specified delegate asynchronously on the thread that the control's underlying handle was created on.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public IAsyncResult BeginInvoke(
	Delegate method
)

Parameters

method
Type: System.Delegate

A delegate to a method that takes no parameters.

Return Value

Type: System.IAsyncResult
An IAsyncResult that represents the result of the BeginInvoke operation.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

No appropriate window handle can be found.

The delegate is called asynchronously, and this method returns immediately. You can call this method from any thread, even the thread that owns the control's handle. If the control's handle does not exist yet, this method searches up the control's parent chain until it finds a control or form that does have a window handle. If no appropriate handle can be found, BeginInvoke will throw an exception. Exceptions within the delegate method are considered untrapped and will be sent to the application's untrapped exception handler.

You can call EndInvoke to retrieve the return value from the delegate, if neccesary, but this is not required. EndInvoke will block until the return value can be retrieved.

NoteNote

Most methods on a control can only be called from the thread where the control was created. In addition to the InvokeRequired property, there are four methods on a control that are thread safe: Invoke, BeginInvoke, EndInvoke, and CreateGraphics if the handle for the control has already been created. Calling CreateGraphics before the control's handle has been created on a background thread can cause illegal cross thread calls. For all other method calls, you should use one of the invoke methods to marshal the call to the control's thread. The invoke methods always invoke their callbacks on the control's thread.

NoteNote

An exception might be thrown if the thread that should process the message is no longer active.

The following code example demonstrates a use of the BeginInvoke method.

public delegate void InvokeDelegate();

private void Invoke_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
   myTextBox.BeginInvoke(new InvokeDelegate(InvokeMethod));
}
public void InvokeMethod()
{
   myTextBox.Text = "Executed the given delegate";
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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