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How to: Determine the String Associated with an Enumeration Value (Visual Basic)

The GetValues and GetNames methods allow you to determine the strings and values associated with enumeration members.

To determine the string associated with an enumeration

  • Use the GetNames method to retrieve the strings associated with the enumeration members. This example declares an enumeration, flavorEnum, then uses the GetNames method to display the strings associated with each member.

    Public Enum flavorEnum
      salty
      sweet
      sour
      bitter
    End Enum 
    
    Private Sub TestMethod()
      MsgBox("The strings in the flavorEnum are:")
      Dim i As String 
      For Each i In [Enum].GetNames(GetType(flavorEnum))
          MsgBox(i)
      Next 
    End Sub
    
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