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FrameworkElement.FindName Method

Finds an element that has the provided identifier name.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public Object FindName(
	string name
)
You cannot use methods in XAML.

Parameters

name
Type: System.String

The name of the requested element.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The requested element. This can be null if no matching element was found.

If the element has child elements, these child elements are all searched recursively for the requested named element.

FindName operates within the current element's namescope. For details, see WPF XAML Namescopes.

This example describes how to use the FindName method to find an element by its Name value.

In this example, the method to find a particular element by its name is written as the event handler of a button. stackPanel is the Name of the root FrameworkElement being searched, and the example method then visually indicates the found element by casting it as TextBlock and changing one of the TextBlock visible UI properties.

void Find(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
    object wantedNode = stackPanel.FindName("dog");
    if (wantedNode is TextBlock)
    {
        // Following executed if Text element was found.
        TextBlock wantedChild = wantedNode as TextBlock;
        wantedChild.Foreground = Brushes.Blue;
    }
}

For the complete sample, see Searching for an Element Sample.

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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