I created an event receiver in Visual Studio to handle three events in a form library: ItemAdding, ItemUpdating, and ItemDeleting.

ItemUpdating and ItemDeleting work as expected when debugging, but ItemAdding does not seem to fire at all. I put a break point within the ItemAdding handler, but it is never reached.


Editing to add code:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Elements xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">
  <Receivers ListTemplateId="115">



namespace myAddUpdateDeleteHandler.EventReceiver1
/// <summary>
/// List Item Events
/// </summary>
public class EventReceiver1 : SPItemEventReceiver
    string strReportsListName = "Timesheet Reports Test";
    string strTimesheetLibraryName = "Form Library Test";

   /// <summary>
   /// An item is being added.
   /// </summary>
   public override void ItemAdding(SPItemEventProperties properties)

       using (SPSite site = new SPSite(properties.WebUrl))
           using (SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb())
               SPList reportList = web.Lists[strReportsListName];
               SPList timesheetLibrary = web.Lists[strTimesheetLibraryName];

               #region add item to reports list, including various values from forms library
               SPListItemCollection listItems = web.Lists[strReportsListName].Items;
               string strUsername = properties.AfterProperties["LinkTitle"].ToString();

               // add Monday
               SPListItem item = listItems.Add();
               item["LinkTitle"] = strUsername; //username
               item["First_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["First_x0020_Name"];
               item["Last_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["Last_x0020_Name"];
               item["Date"] = properties.AfterProperties["Week_x0020_Starting_x0020_Monday"];
               item["Month"] = properties.AfterProperties["Monday_x0020_Month"];
               item["Year"] = properties.AfterProperties["Year"];
               item["Hours"] = properties.AfterProperties["Mon_x0020_Hours"];
               item["User_x0020_ID_x0020_Plus_x0020_D"] = properties.AfterProperties["Monday_x0020_Username_x0020_Plus_x0020_Date"]; //row id

               // add Tuesday
               SPListItem item2 = listItems.Add();
               item2["LinkTitle"] = strUsername; //username
               item2["First_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["First_x0020_Name"];
               item2["Last_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["Last_x0020_Name"];
               item2["Date"] = properties.AfterProperties["Tuesday_x0020_Date"];
               item2["Month"] = properties.AfterProperties["Tuesday_x0020_Month"];
               item2["Year"] = properties.AfterProperties["Year"];
               item2["Hours"] = properties.AfterProperties["Tues_x0020_Hours"];
               item2["User_x0020_ID_x0020_Plus_x0020_D"] = properties.AfterProperties["Tuesday_x0020_Username_x0020_Plus_x0020_Date"]; //row id

               // add Wednesday
               SPListItem item3 = listItems.Add();
               item3["LinkTitle"] = strUsername; //username
               item3["First_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["First_x0020_Name"];
               item3["Last_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["Last_x0020_Name"];
               item3["Date"] = properties.AfterProperties["Wednesday_x0020_Date"];
               item3["Month"] = properties.AfterProperties["Wednesday_x0020_Month"];
               item3["Year"] = properties.AfterProperties["Year"];
               item3["Hours"] = properties.AfterProperties["Wed_x0020_Hours"];
               item3["User_x0020_ID_x0020_Plus_x0020_D"] = properties.AfterProperties["Wednesday_x0020_Username_x0020_Plus_x0020_Date"]; //row id

               // add Thursday
               SPListItem item4 = listItems.Add();
               item4["LinkTitle"] = strUsername; //username
               item4["First_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["First_x0020_Name"];
               item4["Last_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["Last_x0020_Name"];
               item4["Date"] = properties.AfterProperties["Thursday_x0020_Date"];
               item4["Month"] = properties.AfterProperties["Thursday_x0020_Month"];
               item4["Year"] = properties.AfterProperties["Year"];
               item4["Hours"] = properties.AfterProperties["Thurs_x0020_Hours"];
               item4["User_x0020_ID_x0020_Plus_x0020_D"] = properties.AfterProperties["Thursday_x0020_Username_x0020_Plus_x0020_Date"]; //row id

               // add Friday
               SPListItem item5 = listItems.Add();
               item5["LinkTitle"] = strUsername; //username
               item5["First_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["First_x0020_Name"];
               item5["Last_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["Last_x0020_Name"];
               item5["Date"] = properties.AfterProperties["Friday_x0020_Date"];
               item5["Month"] = properties.AfterProperties["Friday_x0020_Month"];
               item5["Year"] = properties.AfterProperties["Year"];
               item5["Hours"] = properties.AfterProperties["Fri_x0020_Hours"];
               item5["User_x0020_ID_x0020_Plus_x0020_D"] = properties.AfterProperties["Friday_x0020_Username_x0020_Plus_x0020_Date"]; //row id

               // add Saturday
               SPListItem item6 = listItems.Add();
               item6["LinkTitle"] = strUsername; //username
               item6["First_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["First_x0020_Name"];
               item6["Last_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["Last_x0020_Name"];
               item6["Date"] = properties.AfterProperties["Saturday_x0020_Date"];
               item6["Month"] = properties.AfterProperties["Saturday_x0020_Month"];
               item6["Year"] = properties.AfterProperties["Year"];
               item6["Hours"] = properties.AfterProperties["Sat_x0020_Hours"];
               item6["User_x0020_ID_x0020_Plus_x0020_D"] = properties.AfterProperties["Saturday_x0020_Username_x0020_Plus_x0020_Date"]; //row id

               // add Sunday
               SPListItem item7 = listItems.Add();
               item7["LinkTitle"] = strUsername; //username
               item7["First_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["First_x0020_Name"];
               item7["Last_x0020_Name"] = properties.AfterProperties["Last_x0020_Name"];
               item7["Date"] = properties.AfterProperties["Sunday_x0020_Date"];
               item7["Month"] = properties.AfterProperties["Sunday_x0020_Month"];
               item7["Year"] = properties.AfterProperties["Year"];
               item7["Hours"] = properties.AfterProperties["Sun_x0020_Hours"];
               item7["User_x0020_ID_x0020_Plus_x0020_D"] = properties.AfterProperties["Sunday_x0020_Username_x0020_Plus_x0020_Date"]; //row id


   /// <summary>
   /// An item is being updated.
   /// </summary>
   public override void ItemUpdating(SPItemEventProperties properties)

       // omitted this code since it works

   /// <summary>
   /// An item is being deleted.
   /// </summary>
   public override void ItemDeleting(SPItemEventProperties properties)

       //omitted this code since it works
  • Is it defined as synchronous event? May 17, 2012 at 22:10
  • It's very hard to troubleshoot without see at least your Elements.xml May 18, 2012 at 7:22
  • @LCountee please add code or we will have to close Q May 18, 2012 at 8:31
  • @PerJakobsen Added code.
    – LFurness
    May 18, 2012 at 12:19
  • @AshishPatel Yes, it is synchronous.
    – LFurness
    May 18, 2012 at 12:49

2 Answers 2


I would suggest running your code in the ItemAdded Event Handler instead.

Frankly it should hit the break if you are debugging, but perhaps you can just avoid the issue all together.

  • Thanks for the link. I added an ItemAdded event handler, but it does not seem to be firing either (break point is not hit).
    – LFurness
    May 18, 2012 at 19:37
  • 1
    Hrm.. at this point i would check (for the record) that when you select 'Event Receiver 1' or whatever your receiver is called in the Solution explorer, Handle ItemAdded/ItemAdding events are true, then if so i would try removing everything from the ItemAdding and ItemAdded events other than the base call and a break point, and if that doesn't go off, create a new project just for the ItemAdding event and see if you can get that to run. If NONE of those things gives you a result, call MS and get support :(
    – Zork
    May 18, 2012 at 20:09
  • I created a separate ItemAdded project, and was able to hit the break point I set within it. I don't know why the old one won't work, but at least this new one does.
    – LFurness
    May 18, 2012 at 21:46

Please check that event receiver is attached or not, using following codeplex tool. http://speventreceiverman.codeplex.com/

  • Thanks for suggesting that tool. I ran it, and the three event handlers I've implemented all appear in red, so I guess that means they are attached? If not, how can I check whether they are attached?
    – LFurness
    May 18, 2012 at 12:53
  • Other way is log some activity in text file,ULS log or Application log for testing that receiver is getting called. Once done make sure to remove this logging functionality. May 18, 2012 at 13:02
  • SharePoint Manager 2010 will show you exactly what is and is not attached to a list or library
    – Zork
    May 18, 2012 at 14:16

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