TypeDescriptor.GetClassName Method (Object)

Returns the name of the class for the specified component using the default type descriptor.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

static member GetClassName : 
        component:Object -> string


Type: System.Object

The Object for which you want the class name.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String containing the name of the class for the specified component.


component is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Typically, this method returns the full Type name for the component parameter type. For example, the class name for a button is "System.Windows.Forms.Button". If component implements ICustomTypeDescriptor, it can return an alternate name.

This method is equivalent to the overloaded GetClassName(Object, Boolean) method with a second parameter of false.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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)

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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