.NET Events - What are object sender & EventArgs e?


sender refers to the object that invoked the event that fired the event handler. This is useful if you have many objects using the same event handler.

EventArgs is something of a dummy base class. In and of itself it's more or less useless, but if you derive from it, you can add whatever data you need to pass to your event handlers.

When you implement your own events, use an EventHandler or EventHandler<T> as their type. This guarantees that you'll have exactly these two parameters for all your events (which is a good thing).


What do sender and eventArgs mean/refer to? How can I make use of them (for the scenario below)?


I'm trying to build a custom control with a delete function, and I want to be able to delete the control that was clicked on a page that contains many of the same custom control.

Sender is used to specify which object generated the event, e is the event data itself. For example, usually when you click on a button in a form "sender" would be the button, and e would be the mouse event.

In you case you could simply change

Call stringButton_Click(Me, Me)


Call stringButton_Click(Nothing, EventArgs.Empty)

Manually cast the sender to the type of your custom control, and then use it to delete or disable etc. Eg, something like this:

private void myCustomControl_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

The 'sender' is just the object that was actioned (eg clicked).

The event args is subclassed for more complex controls, eg a treeview, so that you can know more details about the event, eg exactly where they clicked.

Multiple Buttons call same function.Can figure out which button called the function?

The sender object on the event handler will be the button that was pressed

Button b = sender as Button;


public void popup(object sender, EventArgs e)
Button TheButtonClicked = sender as Button; // this gives access to the button 

    if (MessageBox.Show("You may not Bind, Change, Or Alter Insurance Coverage through e-mail. Confirmation of this e-mail by us initiates any changes to your Insurance. If you need any immediate service please contact our office at 1-800-875-5720.", "IMPORTANT!", MessageBoxButtons.OKCancel) == DialogResult.OK)

            string email = "mailto:davidadfa.t@ifdafdadf.com";

For reference see this.

  1. 'sender' is called object which has some action perform on some control

  2. 'event' its having some information about control which has some behavoiur and identity perform by some user.when action will generate by occuring for event add it keep within array is called event agrs

.NET Events - What are object sender & EventArgs e?

The sender is the control that the action is for (say OnClick, it's the button).

The EventArgs are arguments that the implementor of this event may find useful. With OnClick it contains nothing good, but in some events, like say in a GridView 'SelectedIndexChanged', it will contain the new index, or some other useful data.

What Chris is saying is you can do this:

protected void someButton_Click (object sender, EventArgs ea)
    Button someButton = sender as Button;
    if(someButton != null)
        someButton.Text = "I was clicked!";