No ItemChecked event in a CheckedListBox?

A nice trick to deal with events that you cannot process when they are raised is to delay the processing. Which you can do with the Control.BeginInvoke() method, it runs as soon as all events are dispatched, side-effects are complete and the UI thread goes idle again. Often helpful for TreeView as well, another cranky control.

    private void checkedListBox1_ItemCheck(object sender, ItemCheckEventArgs e) {
        this.BeginInvoke((MethodInvoker)delegate { 
            okButton.Enabled = checkedListBox1.CheckedItems.Count > 0;

Just in case: this has nothing to do with threading and the trick is quite cheap.

Why no ItemChecked event? Not really sure. CheckedListBox just isn’t a very good control. Definitely not done by one of the gurus in the original Winforms team.

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