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UI Automation Support for the SplitButton Control Type

Note Note

This documentation is intended for .NET Framework developers who want to use the managed UI Automation classes defined in the System.Windows.Automation namespace. For the latest information about UI Automation, see Windows Automation API: UI Automation.

This topic provides information about UI Automation support for the SplitButton control type. In UI Automation, a control type is a set of conditions that a control must meet in order to use the ControlTypeProperty property. The conditions include specific guidelines for UI Automation tree structure, UI Automation property values and control patterns.

The split button control enables the ability to perform an action on a control and expand the control to see a list of other possible actions that can be performed.

The following sections define the required UI Automation tree structure, properties, control patterns, and events for the SplitButton control type. The UI Automation requirements apply to all split button controls, whether Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Win32, or Windows Forms.

This topic contains the following sections.

The following table depicts the control view and the content view of the UI Automation tree that pertains to split button controls and describes what can be contained in each view. For more information about the UI Automation tree, see UI Automation Tree Overview.

Control View

Content View

SplitButton

  • Image (0 or 1)

  • Text (0 or 1)

  • Button (1 or 2)

    • Menu (0 or 1; appears as child of button that supports ExpandCollapse pattern)

    • MenuItem (1 to many)

SplitButton

  • MenuItem (1 to many)

The following table lists the UI Automation properties whose value or definition is especially relevant to split button controls. For more information about UI Automation properties, see UI Automation Properties for Clients.

UI Automation Property

Value

Notes

AutomationIdProperty

See notes.

The value of this property needs to be unique across all controls in an application.

BoundingRectangleProperty

See notes.

The outermost rectangle that contains the whole control.

ClickablePointProperty

See notes.

Supported if there is a bounding rectangle. If not every point within the bounding rectangle is clickable, and you perform specialized hit testing, then override and provide a clickable point.

IsKeyboardFocusableProperty

See notes.

If the control can receive keyboard focus, it must support this property.

NameProperty

"Back"

The split button control's name is displayed on the button.

LabeledByProperty

Null

Split button controls do not have a static text label.

ControlTypeProperty

SplitButton

This value is the same for all UI frameworks.

LocalizedControlTypeProperty

"split button"

Localized string corresponding to the SplitButton control type.

HelpTextProperty

See notes.

The help text can indicate the result of activating the split button, which is typically the same type of information presented through a tooltip.

IsContentElementProperty

True

The split button control contains information for the end user.

IsControlElementProperty

True

The split button control is visible to the end user.

The following table lists the UI Automation control patterns required to be supported by split button controls. For more information about control patterns, see UI Automation Control Patterns Overview.

Control Pattern

Support

Notes

IInvokeProvider

Required

Split buttons always have a default action associated with Invoke.

IExpandCollapseProvider

Required

Split buttons always have the ability to expand a list of options.

The following table lists the UI Automation events required to be supported by all split button controls. For more information on events, see UI Automation Events Overview.

UI Automation Event

Support

Notes

InvokedEvent

Required

None

BoundingRectangleProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

IsOffscreenProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

IsEnabledProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

ExpandCollapseStateProperty property-changed event.

Required

None

AutomationFocusChangedEvent

Required

None

StructureChangedEvent

Required

None

The following image illustrates a SplitButton control type in a data grid control.

Split button

The Control View and the Content View of the UI Automation tree that pertains to the data grid and split button controls is displayed below. The control patterns for each automation element are shown in parentheses.

UI Automation Tree - Control View

UI Automation Tree - Content View

  • SplitButton "Name" (Invoke, ExpandCollapse)

  • Button "More options" (Invoke)

    • Menu

    • MenuItem

  • SplitButton "Name" (Invoke, ExpandCollapse)

  • Button "More options" (Invoke)

    • Menu

    • MenuItem

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