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VisualStateManager.GoToState Method

Transitions the control between two states. Use this method to transition states on control that has a ControlTemplate.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

Public Shared Function GoToState ( _
	control As FrameworkElement, _
	stateName As String, _
	useTransitions As Boolean _
) As Boolean


Type: System.Windows.FrameworkElement

The control to transition between states.

Type: System.String

The state to transition to.

Type: System.Boolean

true to use a VisualTransition object to transition between states; otherwise, false.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the control successfully transitioned to the new state; otherwise, false.


control is Nothing.


stateName is Nothing.

Call the GoToState method if you are changing states in a control that uses the VisualStateManager in its ControlTemplate. Call the GoToElementState method to change states on an element outside of a ControlTemplate (for example, if you use a VisualStateManager in a UserControl or in a single element).

The following example demonstrates a control that uses the GoToState method to transition between states. For the entire example, see Creating a Control That Has a Customizable Appearance.

Private Sub UpdateStates(ByVal useTransitions As Boolean)

    If Value >= 0 Then
        VisualStateManager.GoToState(Me, "Positive", useTransitions)
        VisualStateManager.GoToState(Me, "Negative", useTransitions)
    End If

    If IsFocused Then
        VisualStateManager.GoToState(Me, "Focused", useTransitions)
        VisualStateManager.GoToState(Me, "Unfocused", useTransitions)

    End If
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

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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