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ControlType Class

Identifies the type of a user interface (UI) control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Automation
Assembly:  UIAutomationTypes (in UIAutomationTypes.dll)

public class ControlType : AutomationIdentifier

ControlType inherits from AutomationIdentifier and is used to identify the type of a control represented by an AutomationElement. The control type is determined by the developer of the UI Automation provider.

This class contains static fields, which are themselves ControlType objects, to identify the standard types of controls. There is also a Custom type for controls that do not match one of the defined types.

The only case where a control's control type might change at run time is where the control supports MultipleViewPattern. An example is the Win32 list view, which can be a DataGrid or List, depending on the current view.

Control types do not have a one-to-one equivalence to control patterns. A control can be of only one type, but it may support multiple patterns or no patterns at all, depending on its specific functionality.

For detailed information on the various control types, see UI Automation Control Types.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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

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