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XPathNavigator.MoveToChild Method (XPathNodeType)

Moves the XPathNavigator to the child node of the XPathNodeType specified.

Namespace:  System.Xml.XPath
Assembly:  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)

public virtual bool MoveToChild(
	XPathNodeType type


Type: System.Xml.XPath.XPathNodeType

The XPathNodeType of the child node to move to.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
Returns true if the XPathNavigator is successful moving to the child node; otherwise, false. If false, the position of the XPathNavigator is unchanged.

The return value of the MoveToChild method depends on the XPathNodeType of the current node, and the XPathNodeType of the child node to move to.

The following table shows the different XPathNodeType nodes, and the child nodes they can move to.

Current Node's XPathNodeType

Child Node's XPathNodeType


Element, ProcessingInstruction, Comment, or Text.


Element, ProcessingInstruction, Comment, or Text.

All other XPathNodeType values


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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