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Stream.Seek Method

When overridden in a derived class, sets the position within the current stream.

Namespace: System.IO
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public abstract long Seek (
	long offset,
	SeekOrigin origin
)
public abstract long Seek (
	long offset, 
	SeekOrigin origin
)
public abstract function Seek (
	offset : long, 
	origin : SeekOrigin
) : long

Parameters

offset

A byte offset relative to the origin parameter.

origin

A value of type SeekOrigin indicating the reference point used to obtain the new position.

Return Value

The new position within the current stream.

Exception typeCondition

IOException

An I/O error occurs.

NotSupportedException

The stream does not support seeking, such as if the stream is constructed from a pipe or console output.

ObjectDisposedException

Methods were called after the stream was closed.

For an example of creating a file and writing text to a file, see How to: Write Text to a File. For an example of reading text from a file, see How to: Read Text from a File. For an example of reading from and writing to a binary file, see How to: Read and Write to a Newly Created Data File.

Use the CanSeek property to determine whether the current instance supports seeking.

If offset is negative, the new position is required to precede the position specified by origin by the number of bytes specified by offset. If offset is zero (0), the new position is required to be the position specified by origin. If offset is positive, the new position is required to follow the position specified by origin by the number of bytes specified by offset.

Classes derived from Stream that support seeking must override this method to provide the functionality described above.

Seeking to any location beyond the length of the stream is supported.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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