Window.Closing Event


Occurs directly after Close() is called, and can be handled to cancel window closure.

 event System::ComponentModel::CancelEventHandler ^ Closing;
public event System.ComponentModel.CancelEventHandler Closing;
member this.Closing : System.ComponentModel.CancelEventHandler 
Public Custom Event Closing As CancelEventHandler 

Event Type


Visibility is set, or Show(), ShowDialog(), or Close() is called while a window is closing.


The following example demonstrates a Window that determines whether it needs user intervention to close.

    <TextBox Name="documentTextBox" AcceptsReturn="True" AcceptsTab="True" TextChanged="documentTextBox_TextChanged"></TextBox>
using System; // EventArgs
using System.ComponentModel; // CancelEventArgs
using System.Windows; // window

namespace CSharp
    public partial class DataWindow : Window
        // Is data dirty
        bool isDataDirty = false;

        public DataWindow()

        void documentTextBox_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
            this.isDataDirty = true;

        void DataWindow_Closing(object sender, CancelEventArgs e)
            MessageBox.Show("Closing called");

            // If data is dirty, notify user and ask for a response
            if (this.isDataDirty)
                string msg = "Data is dirty. Close without saving?";
                MessageBoxResult result = 
                    "Data App", 
                if (result == MessageBoxResult.No)
                    // If user doesn't want to close, cancel closure
                    e.Cancel = true;
Imports System ' EventArgs
Imports System.ComponentModel ' CancelEventArgs
Imports System.Windows ' window

Namespace VisualBasic
    Partial Public Class DataWindow
        Inherits Window
        ' Is data dirty
        Private isDataDirty As Boolean = False

        Public Sub New()
        End Sub

        Private Sub documentTextBox_TextChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
            Me.isDataDirty = True
        End Sub

        Private Sub DataWindow_Closing(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As CancelEventArgs)
            MessageBox.Show("Closing called")

            ' If data is dirty, notify user and ask for a response
            If Me.isDataDirty Then
                Dim msg As String = "Data is dirty. Close without saving?"
                Dim result As MessageBoxResult = MessageBox.Show(msg, "Data App", MessageBoxButton.YesNo, MessageBoxImage.Warning)
                If result = MessageBoxResult.No Then
                    ' If user doesn't want to close, cancel closure
                    e.Cancel = True
                End If
            End If
        End Sub
    End Class
End Namespace


Closing can be handled to detect when a window is being closed (for example, when Close is called). Furthermore, Closing can be used to prevent a window from closing. To prevent a window from closing, you can set the Cancel property of the CancelEventArgs argument to true.

The Closing event is raised when Close is called, if a window's Close button is clicked, or if the user presses ALT+F4.

If an owned window was opened by its owner window using Show, and the owner window is closed, the owned window's Closing event is not raised. If the owner of a window is closed (see Owner), Closing is not raised on the owned window.

If Shutdown is called, the Closing event for each window is raised. However, if Closing is canceled, cancellation is ignored.

If a session ends because a user logs off or shuts down, Closing is not raised; handle SessionEnding to implement code that cancels application closure.

If you want to show and hide a window multiple times during the lifetime of an application, and you don't want to reinstantiate the window each time you show it, you can handle the Closing event, cancel it, and call the Hide method. Then, you can call Show on the same instance to reopen it.

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