ThreadExceptionDialog

Matt Berther bio photo By Matt Berther Comment

For quite some time I've been looking for a way to get a nice exception dialog worked into several applications that I've developed. I saw that the .NET framework had a real nice one that did not bombarded the user with tons of useless information (such as a stack trace) although it was available if needed.

Unbeknownst to me until late Friday afternoon, this dialog is actually a class in the .NET framework. It's called [ThreadExceptionDialog] and in its constructor takes an exception.

I've hooked this up into my application like this:

public static void Main(string[] args)
{
    Application.ThreadException += new ThreadExceptionEventHandler(Application_ThreadException);
    Application.Run(new Form1());
}

public static void Application_ThreadException(object sender, ThreadExceptionEventArgs e)
{
    using (ThreadExceptionDialog dlg = new ThreadExceptionDialog(ex))
    {
        dlg.ShowDialog();
    }
}