Track when user clicks on Lock & Edit item

It can be a case when you need to perform some action right after user has clicked ‘Edit’ button.

To do that you need firstly patch “item:saved” event by adding your own custom handler:

<configuration xmlns:patch="">
      <event name="item:saved">
        <handler type="Demo.Data.Items.ItemEventHandler, Demo" method="OnItemSaved"/>

Secondly, implement ItemEventHandler class and OnItemSaved method:

namespace Demo.Data.Items
    using Sitecore.Data.Items;
    using Sitecore.Events;
    using System;

    public class ItemEventHandler
        protected void OnItemSaved(object sender, EventArgs args)
            if (args == null) { return; }

            var sitecoreEventArgs = args as SitecoreEventArgs;
            if (sitecoreEventArgs == null) { return; }

            if (sitecoreEventArgs.Parameters.Length < 2) { return; }

            var item = sitecoreEventArgs.Parameters[0] as Item;
            if (item == null) { return; }

            if (!this.ShouldItemBeProcessed(item)) { return; }

            var itemChanges = sitecoreEventArgs.Parameters[1] as ItemChanges;
            if (itemChanges == null) { return; }

            if (itemChanges.FieldChanges.Contains(Sitecore.FieldIDs.Lock))
                var fieldChange = itemChanges.FieldChanges[Sitecore.FieldIDs.Lock];
                if (fieldChange.Value == "<r />") { return; }


        protected bool ShouldItemBeProcessed(Item item)
            // TODO implement necessary check
            return true;

        protected void DoWhatYouNeed()
            // TODO

Several words about how and why it works: when user clicks ‘Edit’ button Sitecore writes some value to the Lock field:

Under the hood Sitecore fires “item:saved” event and calls OnItemSaved method of each handler. This method has two parameters and the second one is args of EventArgs type. It can be cast to SitecoreEventArgs type which has Parameters property. The second item within Parameters property is instance of ItemChanges type. ItemChanges has FieldChanges property contains сhanges of saved item. Each of change is instance of FieldChange type. If value of Value propetry (sorry for the tautology) of fieldChange instance is

<r />

it means that user has clicked ‘Check In’ button, in other case it means that user has clicked ‘Edit’ button.

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