String.IndexOfAny Method (Char())


Reports the zero-based index of the first occurrence in this instance of any character in a specified array of Unicode characters.

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

Public Function IndexOfAny (
	anyOf As Char()
) As Integer


Type: System.Char()

A Unicode character array containing one or more characters to seek.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index position of the first occurrence in this instance where any character in anyOf was found; -1 if no character in anyOf was found.

Exception Condition

anyOf is null.

Index numbering starts from zero.

The search for anyOf is case-sensitive. If anyOf is an empty array, the method finds a match at the beginning of the string (that is, at index zero).

This method performs an ordinal (culture-insensitive) search, where a character is considered equivalent to another character only if their Unicode scalar values are the same. To perform a culture-sensitive search, use the CompareInfo.IndexOf method, where a Unicode scalar value representing a precomposed character, such as the ligature "Æ" (U+00C6), might be considered equivalent to any occurrence of the character's components in the correct sequence, such as "AE" (U+0041, U+0045), depending on the culture.

The following example finds the first vowel in a string.

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      Dim chars() As Char = { "a"c, "e"c, "i"c, "o"c, "u"c, "y"c, 
                              "A"c, "E"c, "I"c, "O"c, "U"c, "Y"c }
      Dim s As String = "The long and winding road..."
      Console.WriteLine("The first vowel in {2}   {0}{2}is found at position {1}", 
                        s, s.IndexOfAny(chars) + 1, vbCrLf)                         
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       The first vowel in
'          The long and winding road...
'       is found at position 3

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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