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XContainer::Element Method

Gets the first (in document order) child element with the specified XName.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assembly:  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

XElement^ Element(
	XName^ name


Type: System.Xml.Linq::XName

The XName to match.

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.Linq::XElement
A XElement that matches the specified XName, or nullptr.

Returns nullptr if there is no element with the specified name.

Some axis methods return collections of elements or attributes. This method returns only a single element.

This method returns nullptr if the element with the specified name is not found. All of the methods that allow you to construct elements (the constructor of XElement, Add, and so on) accept nullptr as a valid argument. This allows you to use a convenient idiom: you can call this method as part of functional construction, and the element is added to the XML tree being constructed if and only if the element exists in the source tree. The following example shows this idiom.

In contrast to Elements, this method is not an axis method. It does not use deferred execution; it simply returns an element when called.

The following example shows two uses of this method. In one case, the method finds the element in srcTree. In the second case, the method does not find the element in the source tree, no element is added to xmlTree, and no exception is thrown.

Note that the Visual Basic example uses the child XML property. It is also allowable to use the Element method directly in Visual Basic.

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This example produces the following output:


The following is the same example, but in this case the XML is in a namespace. For more information, see Working with XML Namespaces.

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This example produces the following output:

<aw:Root xmlns:aw="http://www.adventure-works.com">

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, 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)

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