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AutomationElement.RootElement Property

Gets the root AutomationElement for the current desktop.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Automation
Assembly:  UIAutomationClient (in UIAutomationClient.dll)
public static AutomationElement RootElement { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Automation.AutomationElement
The root element.

You can use the root element as a starting point for finding other elements, using the FindAll and FindFirst methods.

When searching from the root element, be sure to specify Children in the scope of the search, not Descendants. A search through the entire subtree of the desktop could iterate through thousands of items and lead to a stack overflow.

The following example code retrieves a collection of all the immediate children of the desktop.


AutomationElementCollection desktopChildren =
    AutomationElement.RootElement.FindAll(
    TreeScope.Children, Condition.TrueCondition);


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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