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Restore the focus

This topic will show you how to handle a common scenario where you have a RadBusyIndicator control having some content and you need to ensure that when the RadBusyIndicator is no longer visible, the focus will be returned to a specific control in its content.

Restore the Focus on Specific Control

The following example will assume that you have a RadBusyIndicator control containing a TextBox and a toggle button which will trigger the busy state of the RadBusyIndicator. Whenever the RadBusyIndicator disappears the focus will be brought back to the TextBox control.

To achieve this behavior you will have to bring the focus back to the desired control by yourself. One way to do it is to track down when the RadBusyIndicator is enabled and manually set the focus.

You do this by using the IsBusyIndicationVisible boolean property. Its value will be equal to True whenever the RadBusyIndicator is enabled and the busy content including the progress bar, is visualized. You might try to use the IsBusy property but it will not bring you to the desired solution because the IsBusyIndicationVisible property is updated after the IsBusy property.

Here is an example of this additional behavior that you will need:

Declaring the AttachedProperty

public class FocusHelper 
    private static void OnEnsureFocusChanged(DependencyObject d, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e) 
        if (!(bool)e.NewValue) 
            var control = d as Control; 
            control.Dispatcher.BeginInvoke(new Action(() => 
    public static bool GetEnsureFocus(DependencyObject obj) 
        return (bool)obj.GetValue(EnsureFocusProperty); 
    public static void SetEnsureFocus(DependencyObject obj, bool value) 
        obj.SetValue(EnsureFocusProperty, value); 
    public static readonly DependencyProperty EnsureFocusProperty = 
        new PropertyMetadata(OnEnsureFocusChanged)); 

In the definition of the content element you will have to include the new behavior.

Define the new behavior inside the content

<telerik:RadBusyIndicator x:Name="radBusyIndicator">                           
        <TextBox example:FocusHelper.EnsureFocus="{Binding IsBusyIndicationVisible, ElementName=radBusyIndicator}"/> 

Restoring the Focus to the Last Focused Control

In order to restore the focus on a Control that was focused before the RadBusyIndicator control was enabled all you need to do is save the focused Control and then reset the focus to it when the BusyIndicator is disabled.

The next example shows how to save the last focused Control and reset its focus as soon as the BusyIndicator is disabled. For example purposes the RadBusyIndicator will be enabled/disabled with the use of a DispatcherTimer that will show and hide the control every five seconds for five seconds.

  1. First we will need to create a sample layout and set the RadBusyIndicator:

    Sample layout declaration

        <Border BorderBrush="Black"  
                Height="200" Width="220" 
            <telerik:RadBusyIndicator x:Name="BusyIndicator"> 
                <StackPanel VerticalAlignment="Center" HorizontalAlignment="Center" 
                    <TextBox Width="170" 
                                Text="Click here to set the focus."/> 
                    <TextBox Width="170" 
                                Text="or here."/> 
  2. Next we will need to create a property for the focused control to be save to in the code behind or the ViewModel:

    Property declaration

        private Control focusedElement { get; set; } 
  3. Create an set the DispatcherTimer that will enable and disable the BusyIndicator control:

    Set the DispatcherTimer

        private DispatcherTimer dispatcherTimer { get; set; } 
        public Example() 
            this.dispatcherTimer = new DispatcherTimer(); 
            dispatcherTimer.Interval = new TimeSpan(0, 0, 5); 
            dispatcherTimer.Tick += new EventHandler(timerTick); 
        private void timerTick(object sender, EventArgs e) 
            var isBusy = this.BusyIndicator.IsBusy; 
            if (!isBusy) 
                this.focusedElement = FocusManagerHelper.GetFocusedElement(this.StackPanel) as Control; 
                this.BusyIndicator.IsBusy = true; 
                this.BusyIndicator.IsBusy = false; 
                if (this.focusedElement != null) 
                    this.focusedElement.IsEnabledChanged += focusedElement_IsEnabledChanged; 
        private void focusedElement_IsEnabledChanged(object sender, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e) 
            this.focusedElement.IsEnabledChanged -= focusedElement_IsEnabledChanged; 

Find a runnable project of the previous example in the WPF Samples GitHub repository.

The next screenshots show the final result:

  • Before the RadBusyIndicator is shown: radbusyindicator-how-to-restore-the-focus-1

  • When the RadBusyIndicator is shown: radbusyindicator-how-to-restore-the-focus-2

  • After the RadBusyIndicator is hidden (the focused TextBox is focused): radbusyindicator-how-to-restore-the-focus-3

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