.NET Framework Class Library
CollectionTClear Method

Removes all elements from the CollectionT.

Namespace:   System.Collections.ObjectModel
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
Syntax
Public Sub Clear
public void Clear()
public:
virtual void Clear() sealed
abstract Clear : unit -> unit  
override Clear : unit -> unit

Implements

ICollectionTClear
IListClear
Remarks

Count is set to zero, and references to other objects from elements of the collection are also released.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is Count.

Notes to Inheritors

Derived classes can override ClearItems to change the behavior of this method.

Examples

The following code example demonstrates many of the properties and methods of CollectionT. The code example creates a collection of strings, uses the Add method to add several strings, displays the Count, and lists the strings. The example uses the IndexOf method to find the index of a string and the Contains method to determine whether a string is in the collection. The example inserts a string using the Insert method and retrieves and sets strings using the default Item property (the indexer in C#). The example removes strings by string identity using the Remove method and by index using the RemoveAt method. Finally, the Clear method is used to clear all strings from the collection.

Imports System
Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Collections.ObjectModel

Public Class Demo

    Public Shared Sub Main() 

        Dim dinosaurs As New Collection(Of String)

        dinosaurs.Add("Psitticosaurus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Caudipteryx")
        dinosaurs.Add("Compsognathus")
        dinosaurs.Add("Muttaburrasaurus")

        Console.WriteLine("{0} dinosaurs:", dinosaurs.Count)
        Display(dinosaurs)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "IndexOf(""Muttaburrasaurus""): {0}", _
            dinosaurs.IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Contains(""Caudipteryx""): {0}", _
            dinosaurs.Contains("Caudipteryx"))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Insert(2, ""Nanotyrannus"")")
        dinosaurs.Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus")
        Display(dinosaurs)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "dinosaurs(2): {0}", dinosaurs(2))

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "dinosaurs(2) = ""Microraptor""")
        dinosaurs(2) = "Microraptor"
        Display(dinosaurs)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Remove(""Microraptor"")")
        dinosaurs.Remove("Microraptor")
        Display(dinosaurs)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "RemoveAt(0)")
        dinosaurs.RemoveAt(0)
        Display(dinosaurs)

        Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "dinosaurs.Clear()")
        dinosaurs.Clear()
        Console.WriteLine("Count: {0}", dinosaurs.Count)

    End Sub 

    Private Shared Sub Display(ByVal cs As Collection(Of String)) 
        Console.WriteLine()
        For Each item As String In cs
            Console.WriteLine(item)
        Next item
    End Sub 
End Class 

' This code example produces the following output: 
' 
'4 dinosaurs: 
' 
'Psitticosaurus 
'Caudipteryx 
'Compsognathus 
'Muttaburrasaurus 
' 
'IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"): 3 
' 
'Contains("Caudipteryx"): True 
' 
'Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus") 
' 
'Psitticosaurus 
'Caudipteryx 
'Nanotyrannus 
'Compsognathus 
'Muttaburrasaurus 
' 
'dinosaurs(2): Nanotyrannus 
' 
'dinosaurs(2) = "Microraptor" 
' 
'Psitticosaurus 
'Caudipteryx 
'Microraptor 
'Compsognathus 
'Muttaburrasaurus 
' 
'Remove("Microraptor") 
' 
'Psitticosaurus 
'Caudipteryx 
'Compsognathus 
'Muttaburrasaurus 
' 
'RemoveAt(0) 
' 
'Caudipteryx 
'Compsognathus 
'Muttaburrasaurus 
' 
'dinosaurs.Clear() 
'Count: 0
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Collections.ObjectModel;

public class Demo
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        Collection<string> dinosaurs = new Collection<string>();

        dinosaurs.Add("Psitticosaurus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Caudipteryx");
        dinosaurs.Add("Compsognathus");
        dinosaurs.Add("Muttaburrasaurus");

        Console.WriteLine("{0} dinosaurs:", dinosaurs.Count);
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console.WriteLine("\nIndexOf(\"Muttaburrasaurus\"): {0}", 
            dinosaurs.IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"));

        Console.WriteLine("\nContains(\"Caudipteryx\"): {0}", 
            dinosaurs.Contains("Caudipteryx"));

        Console.WriteLine("\nInsert(2, \"Nanotyrannus\")");
        dinosaurs.Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus");
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console.WriteLine("\ndinosaurs[2]: {0}", dinosaurs[2]);

        Console.WriteLine("\ndinosaurs[2] = \"Microraptor\"");
        dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor";
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console.WriteLine("\nRemove(\"Microraptor\")");
        dinosaurs.Remove("Microraptor");
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console.WriteLine("\nRemoveAt(0)");
        dinosaurs.RemoveAt(0);
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console.WriteLine("\ndinosaurs.Clear()");
        dinosaurs.Clear();
        Console.WriteLine("Count: {0}", dinosaurs.Count);
    }

    private static void Display(Collection<string> cs)
    {
        Console.WriteLine();
        foreach( string item in cs )
        {
            Console.WriteLine(item);
        }
    }
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

4 dinosaurs:

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"): 3

Contains("Caudipteryx"): True

Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Nanotyrannus
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs[2]: Nanotyrannus

dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor"

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Microraptor
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

Remove("Microraptor")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

RemoveAt(0)

Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs.Clear()
Count: 0
 */
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Collections::Generic;
using namespace System::Collections::ObjectModel;

public ref class Demo
{
public:
    static void Main()
    {
        Collection<String^>^ dinosaurs = gcnew Collection<String^>();

        dinosaurs->Add("Psitticosaurus");
        dinosaurs->Add("Caudipteryx");
        dinosaurs->Add("Compsognathus");
        dinosaurs->Add("Muttaburrasaurus");

        Console::WriteLine("{0} dinosaurs:", dinosaurs->Count);
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\nIndexOf(\"Muttaburrasaurus\"): {0}",
            dinosaurs->IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"));

        Console::WriteLine("\nContains(\"Caudipteryx\"): {0}",
            dinosaurs->Contains("Caudipteryx"));

        Console::WriteLine("\nInsert(2, \"Nanotyrannus\")");
        dinosaurs->Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus");
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\ndinosaurs[2]: {0}", dinosaurs[2]);

        Console::WriteLine("\ndinosaurs[2] = \"Microraptor\"");
        dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor";
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\nRemove(\"Microraptor\")");
        dinosaurs->Remove("Microraptor");
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\nRemoveAt(0)");
        dinosaurs->RemoveAt(0);
        Display(dinosaurs);

        Console::WriteLine("\ndinosaurs.Clear()");
        dinosaurs->Clear();
        Console::WriteLine("Count: {0}", dinosaurs->Count);
    }

private:
    static void Display(Collection<String^>^ cs)
    {
        Console::WriteLine();
        for each( String^ item in cs )
        {
            Console::WriteLine(item);
        }
    }
};

int main()
{
    Demo::Main();
}

/* This code example produces the following output:

4 dinosaurs:

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

IndexOf("Muttaburrasaurus"): 3

Contains("Caudipteryx"): True

Insert(2, "Nanotyrannus")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Nanotyrannus
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs[2]: Nanotyrannus

dinosaurs[2] = "Microraptor"

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Microraptor
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

Remove("Microraptor")

Psitticosaurus
Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

RemoveAt(0)

Caudipteryx
Compsognathus
Muttaburrasaurus

dinosaurs.Clear()
Count: 0
 */
Version Information

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
Platforms

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)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.