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AutomationFactory.GetEvent Method


Gets an object that represents the specified event of the specified Automation server.

Namespace:  System.Runtime.InteropServices.Automation
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)

public static AutomationEvent GetEvent(
	Object automationObject,
	string eventName


Type: System.Object
A reference to the Automation server to retrieve an event for.
Type: System.String
The name of the event to retrieve.

Return Value

Type: System.Runtime.InteropServices.Automation.AutomationEvent
An object that represents the specified event.

You can use the AutomationEvent returned by this method to handle Automation events with managed event handlers. In Visual Basic, you must use this method and its return value to handle Automation events. In C#, however, you can attach managed event handlers directly to Automation events by using the += syntax, and detach them using the -= syntax. However, in this case, the specified delegate must have a signature that exactly matches the Automation event signature.

For more information, see AutomationEvent. For more information about Automation, see Automation.


Events with return values are not supported. Additionally, to use C# custom delegates with Automation events that have optional parameters, you must specify default parameter values in the delegate signature. In Visual Basic, delegate parameters cannot be optional; therefore, you must handle the AutomationEvent.EventRaised event instead.

The following code example demonstrates how to handle Automation events.

This example is part of a larger example in How to: Use Automation in Trusted Applications.

private void SearchEmail()
    UpdateStatusMessage("Searching Inbox for 'Silverlight'...");

    // The following code demonstrates three ways to handle Automation 
    // events. The first two ways use the AutomationEvent class. 
    // The last two ways require the use of a delegate with 
    // an API signature that matches the Automation event. 

    AutomationEvent searchEvent = AutomationFactory
        .GetEvent(outlook, "AdvancedSearchComplete");

    // The first way: 
    searchEvent.EventRaised += (sender, e) =>

    // The second way:
    // searchEvent.AddEventHandler(
    //    new AdvancedSearchCompleteDelegate(SearchComplete));

    // The third way:
    // outlook.AdvancedSearchComplete +=
    //    new AdvancedSearchCompleteDelegate(SearchComplete);

    // Begin the search. 
        "urn:schemas:mailheader:subject ci_phrasematch 'Silverlight'",
        true, "SubjectSearch");

// Required only with the second two ways of handling Automation events. 
private delegate void AdvancedSearchCompleteDelegate(dynamic search);

// To use custom delegates for events with optional parameters, you
// must specify default values in the delegate signature as shown here:
// private delegate void MyEventHandlerDelegate(int i, float f=77);

private void SearchComplete(dynamic search)
    List<String> searchResults = new List<String>();
    foreach (dynamic result in search.Results) 


Supported in: 5, 4

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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