WindowsFormsApplicationBase.SaveMySettingsOnExit Property


Determines whether the application saves the user settings on exit.

 property bool SaveMySettingsOnExit { bool get(); void set(bool value); };
public bool SaveMySettingsOnExit { get; set; }
member this.SaveMySettingsOnExit : bool with get, set
Public Property SaveMySettingsOnExit As Boolean

Property Value


True to indicate that the application saves the user settings on exit. Otherwise, False to indicate the settings are not implicitly saved.


This example has two parts.

  • The InitializeSaveMySettingsOnExit subroutine, which initializes the checked state of a CheckBox control to the current value of the SaveMySettingsOnExit property.

  • The SaveMySettingsOnExit_CheckedChanged subroutine, which handles changes to a CheckBox control to update the My.Application.SaveMySettingsOnExit property.

Private Sub InitializeSaveMySettingsOnExit()
    SaveMySettingsOnExit.Checked =
End Sub
Private Sub SaveMySettingsOnExit_CheckedChanged(
    sender As System.Object,
    e As System.EventArgs
) Handles SaveMySettingsOnExit.CheckedChanged
    My.Application.SaveMySettingsOnExit =
End Sub

For this example to work, your application must have a CheckBox control named SaveMySettingsOnExit.


The SaveMySettingsOnExit property allows the user to change how the application saves settings, at run time. You can explicitly save setting changes by using the Save method of the My.Settings object. For more information about changing and saving settings, see Application Properties.

The changes to this property are not persisted when the application closes. To change the SaveMySettingsOnExit property permanently, you must change the setting in the Project Designer:

To change the setting in the Project Designer
1. Have a project selected in Solution Explorer. Click Properties on the Project menu.
2. Click the Application tab.
3. Select Save My.Settings on Shutdown.

Availability by Project Type

Project type Available
Windows Forms Application Yes
Class Library No
Console Application No
Windows Forms Control Library No
Web Control Library No
Windows Service No
Web Site No

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