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StringCollection.Remove Method

Removes the first occurrence of a specific string from the StringCollection.

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

Public Sub Remove ( _
	value As String _


Type: System.String

The string to remove from the StringCollection. The value can be Nothing.

Duplicate strings are allowed in StringCollection. Only the first occurrence is removed. To remove all occurrences of the specified string, use RemoveAt(IndexOf(value)) repeatedly while IndexOf does not return -1.

If the StringCollection does not contain the specified object, the StringCollection remains unchanged. No exception is thrown.

In collections of contiguous elements, such as lists, the elements that follow the removed element move up to occupy the vacated spot. If the collection is indexed, the indexes of the elements that are moved are also updated. This behavior does not apply to collections where elements are conceptually grouped into buckets, such as a hash table.

This method determines equality by calling Object.Equals. String comparisons are case-sensitive.

This method performs a linear search; therefore, this method is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

The following code example removes elements from the StringCollection.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections
Imports System.Collections.Specialized

Public Class SamplesStringCollection   

   Public Shared Sub Main()

      ' Creates and initializes a new StringCollection. 
      Dim myCol As New StringCollection()
      Dim myArr() As [String] = {"RED", "orange", "yellow", "RED", "green", "blue", "RED", "indigo", "violet", "RED"}

      Console.WriteLine("Initial contents of the StringCollection:")

      ' Removes one element from the StringCollection.

      Console.WriteLine("After removing ""yellow"":")

      ' Removes all occurrences of a value from the StringCollection. 
      Dim i As Integer = myCol.IndexOf("RED")
      While i > - 1
         i = myCol.IndexOf("RED")
      End While

      Console.WriteLine("After removing all occurrences of ""RED"":")

      ' Clears the entire collection.

      Console.WriteLine("After clearing the collection:")

   End Sub 'Main

   Public Shared Sub PrintValues(myCol As IEnumerable)
      Dim obj As [Object]
      For Each obj In  myCol
         Console.WriteLine("   {0}", obj)
      Next obj
   End Sub 'PrintValues

End Class 'SamplesStringCollection 

'This code produces the following output. 

'Initial contents of the StringCollection: 
'   RED 
'   orange 
'   yellow 
'   RED 
'   green 
'   blue 
'   RED 
'   indigo 
'   violet 
'   RED 

'After removing "yellow": 
'   RED 
'   orange 
'   RED 
'   green 
'   blue 
'   RED 
'   indigo 
'   violet 
'   RED 

'After removing all occurrences of "RED": 
'   orange 
'   green 
'   blue 
'   indigo 
'   violet 

'After clearing the collection: 

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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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