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WindowsFormsApplicationBase.Shutdown Event


Occurs when the application shuts down.

 event Microsoft::VisualBasic::ApplicationServices::ShutdownEventHandler ^ Shutdown;
public event Microsoft.VisualBasic.ApplicationServices.ShutdownEventHandler Shutdown;
member this.Shutdown : Microsoft.VisualBasic.ApplicationServices.ShutdownEventHandler 
Public Custom Event Shutdown As ShutdownEventHandler 
Public Event Shutdown As ShutdownEventHandler 

Event Type


This example logs messages when the application shuts down.

Private Sub MyApplication_Shutdown(
    sender As Object,
    e As System.EventArgs
) Handles Me.Shutdown
    My.Application.Log.WriteEntry("Application Shut Down.")
End Sub

You must enter the code in the Code Editor window for application events. To access this window, follow the instructions from this topic's Remarks section. For more information, see How to: Log Messages When the Application Starts or Shuts Down.


An application raises the Shutdown event before it exits. This allows you to control how the application closes its resources. This event is part of the Visual Basic Application model. For more information, see Overview of the Visual Basic Application Model.

The code for the Shutdown event handler is stored in the ApplicationEvents.vb file, which is hidden by default.

To access the Code Editor window for application events
1. With a project selected in Solution Explorer, click Properties on the Project menu.
2. Click the Application tab.
3. Click the View Application Events button to open the Code Editor.

For more information, see Application Page, Project Designer (Visual Basic).

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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