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ExpandCollapsePattern.ExpandCollapsePatternInformation.ExpandCollapseState Property

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

public ExpandCollapseState ExpandCollapseState { get; }

ExpandCollapseState refers to the visibility of immediate child objects only; it does not refer to the visibility of all descendant objects.

The default value is Expanded.

In the following example, an AutomationElement representing a menu item is passed to a function that attempts to expand or collapse the menu item based on its current ExpandCollapseState.


///--------------------------------------------------------------------
/// <summary>
/// Obtains an ExpandCollapsePattern control pattern from an 
/// automation element.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="targetControl">
/// The automation element of interest.
/// </param>
/// <returns>
/// A ExpandCollapsePattern object.
/// </returns>
///--------------------------------------------------------------------
private ExpandCollapsePattern GetExpandCollapsePattern(
    AutomationElement targetControl)
{
    ExpandCollapsePattern expandCollapsePattern = null;

    try
    {
        expandCollapsePattern =
            targetControl.GetCurrentPattern(
            ExpandCollapsePattern.Pattern)
            as ExpandCollapsePattern;
    }
    // Object doesn't support the ExpandCollapsePattern control pattern.
    catch (InvalidOperationException)
    {
        return null;
    }

    return expandCollapsePattern;
}


...


///--------------------------------------------------------------------
/// <summary>
/// Programmatically expand or collapse a menu item.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="menuItem">
/// The target menu item.
/// </param>
///--------------------------------------------------------------------
private void ExpandCollapseMenuItem(
    AutomationElement menuItem)
{
    if (menuItem == null)
    {
        throw new ArgumentNullException(
            "AutomationElement argument cannot be null.");
    }

    ExpandCollapsePattern expandCollapsePattern =
        GetExpandCollapsePattern(menuItem);

    if (expandCollapsePattern == null)
    {
        return;
    }

    if (expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState ==
        ExpandCollapseState.LeafNode)
    {
        return;
    }

    try
    {
        if (expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState == ExpandCollapseState.Expanded)
        {
            // Collapse the menu item.
            expandCollapsePattern.Collapse();
        }
        else if (expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState == ExpandCollapseState.Collapsed ||
            expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState == ExpandCollapseState.PartiallyExpanded)
        {
            // Expand the menu item.
            expandCollapsePattern.Expand();
        }
    }
    // Control is not enabled
    catch (ElementNotEnabledException)
    {
        // TO DO: error handling.
    }
    // Control is unable to perform operation.
    catch (InvalidOperationException)
    {
        // TO DO: error handling.
    }
}


.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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