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Control.CausesValidation Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the control causes validation to be performed on any controls that require validation when it receives focus.

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

public bool CausesValidation { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the control causes validation to be performed on any controls requiring validation when it receives focus; otherwise, false. The default is true.

If the CausesValidation property is set to false, the Validating and Validated events are suppressed.

The CausesValidation property value is typically set to false for controls such as a Help button.

The following code example uses the derived class TextBox and validates an e-mail address that the user enters. If the e-mail address is not in the standard format (containing "@" and "."), the validation fails, an ErrorProvider icon is displayed, and the event is canceled. One of the buttons on the form has its CausesValidation property set to false. Clicking or setting focus to this button does not trigger validation. This example requires that a TextBox, an ErrorProvider control, and a Button have been created on a form.

public Form1()
{
    InitializeComponent();
    //Set button2 to be non-validating. 
    this.button2.CausesValidation = false;
}


private void textBox1_Validating(object sender, 
 				System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
{
   string errorMsg;
   if(!ValidEmailAddress(textBox1.Text, out errorMsg))
   {
      // Cancel the event and select the text to be corrected by the user.
      e.Cancel = true;
      textBox1.Select(0, textBox1.Text.Length);

      // Set the ErrorProvider error with the text to display.  
      this.errorProvider1.SetError(textBox1, errorMsg);
   }
}

private void textBox1_Validated(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
   // If all conditions have been met, clear the ErrorProvider of errors.
   errorProvider1.SetError(textBox1, "");
}
public bool ValidEmailAddress(string emailAddress, out string errorMessage)
{
   // Confirm that the e-mail address string is not empty. 
   if(emailAddress.Length == 0)
   {
      errorMessage = "e-mail address is required.";
         return false;
   }

   // Confirm that there is an "@" and a "." in the e-mail address, and in the correct order.
   if(emailAddress.IndexOf("@") > -1)
   {
      if(emailAddress.IndexOf(".", emailAddress.IndexOf("@") ) > emailAddress.IndexOf("@") )
      {
         errorMessage = "";
         return true;
      }
   }

   errorMessage = "e-mail address must be valid e-mail address format.\n" +
      "For example 'someone@example.com' ";
      return false;
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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