Grigory Kornilov Grigory Kornilov - 9 months ago 55
C# Question

C# - Call a function in a parent form

I'm trying to call a function in a main form from another form... Already got to call a simple function, by declaring it public static in main form, yet I can't call the needed one.
The function to call:

public static void spotcall()
string dial = Registry.CurrentUser.OpenSubKey("SOFTWARE").OpenSubKey("INTERCOMCS").GetValue("DIAL").ToString();
MainForm.txtSendKeys.Text = dial;// Here it asks me for a reference to an object.

foreach (char c in txtSendKeys.Text)
sideapp.Keyboard.SendKey(c.ToString(), checkBoxPrivate.Checked);

The procedure I use to call it from a child form:

private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
button1.Text = "Hoho";

I completely admit that I lack some theory about C#, but as it often happens, I just have to do it for my work, so I expect to get help if by chance I don't get to the solution by myself. Thank you :)

Answer Source

I think the correct way to do this is to use delegates. This way your form (window) does not have to know anything about the parent form (the form can be opened from different parent forms).

Let's say we want to call a function in the parent form when the child form is closed (not showing the form as modal).

At the top of your child form create a delegate:

    public delegate void CloseEvent();
    public CloseEvent WindowClosed;

Create the form closing event and have it call your delegate:

    private void child_FormClosing(object sender, FormClosingEventArgs e)

A button in the parent form can show the child form and set the callback:

    private ChildForm childform = null;

    private void buttonShowChildForm_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
      if (childform == null)
        childform = new ChildForm();
        childform.WindowClosed += childClosed;
      } else

    private void childClosed()
        childform = null;

In this example we use a button to open a new form that does not block the parent form. If the user tries to open the form a second time, we just bring the existing form to the front to show it to the user. When the form is closed we set the object to null so that next time we click the button a new form is opened because the old was disposed when closed.

Best regards Hans Milling...