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ArrayList.Clear Method

Removes all elements from the ArrayList.

Namespace:  System.Collections
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public virtual void Clear()

Implements

IList.Clear()

ExceptionCondition
NotSupportedException

The ArrayList is read-only.

-or-

The ArrayList has a fixed size.

Count is set to zero, and references to other objects from elements of the collection are also released.

Capacity remains unchanged. To reset the capacity of the ArrayList, call TrimToSize or set the Capacity property directly. Trimming an empty ArrayList sets the capacity of the ArrayList to the default capacity.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

The following code example shows how to trim the unused portions of the ArrayList and how to clear the values of the ArrayList.

using System;
using System.Collections;
public class SamplesArrayList  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new ArrayList.
      ArrayList myAL = new ArrayList();
      myAL.Add( "The" );
      myAL.Add( "quick" );
      myAL.Add( "brown" );
      myAL.Add( "fox" );
      myAL.Add( "jumped" );

      // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
      Console.WriteLine( "Initially," );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL.Capacity );
      Console.Write( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myAL );

      // Trim the ArrayList.
      myAL.TrimToSize();

      // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
      Console.WriteLine( "After TrimToSize," );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL.Capacity );
      Console.Write( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myAL );

      // Clear the ArrayList.
      myAL.Clear();

      // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
      Console.WriteLine( "After Clear," );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL.Capacity );
      Console.Write( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myAL );

      // Trim the ArrayList again.
      myAL.TrimToSize();

      // Displays the count, capacity and values of the ArrayList.
      Console.WriteLine( "After the second TrimToSize," );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Count    : {0}", myAL.Count );
      Console.WriteLine( "   Capacity : {0}", myAL.Capacity );
      Console.Write( "   Values:" );
      PrintValues( myAL );
   }

   public static void PrintValues( IEnumerable myList )  {
      foreach ( Object obj in myList )
         Console.Write( "   {0}", obj );
      Console.WriteLine();
   }

}
/* 
This code produces the following output.

Initially,
   Count    : 5
   Capacity : 16
   Values:    The    quick    brown    fox    jumped
After TrimToSize,
   Count    : 5
   Capacity : 5
   Values:    The    quick    brown    fox    jumped
After Clear,
   Count    : 0
   Capacity : 5
   Values:
After the second TrimToSize,
   Count    : 0
   Capacity : 16
   Values:
*/

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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