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Viewing Running Processes

When working with processes on a system, it is sometimes necessary to view all processes that are running at a given time. For example, if you want to create an application that gives you the functionality of stopping processes, you must first see which processes are running. You could fill a list box with the process names and select which process to perform any other actions on.

To view running processes

  1. Declare an empty array of the type Process.
  2. Fill the empty array with the return value from the GetProcesses method.
  3. Iterate through the process array using the indexed value to obtain the process name of each process in the array and write it to a console.

The following example shows how to call the GetProcesses method of a Process component to return the process array and writes the ProcessName value to a console.

' Visual Basic
Dim myProcesses() as Process
Dim myProcess As Process
myProcesses = Process.GetProcesses()
' Iterate through the process array.
For Each myProcess in myProcesses

// C#
Process[] myProcesses = Process.GetProcesses();
foreach(Process myProcess in myProcesses)

See Also

Binding to Existing Processes | Managing Processes | Stopping Processes | Starting Processes