Enumerations Overview (Visual Basic)

Enumerations provide a convenient way to work with sets of related constants and to associate constant values with names. For example, you can declare an enumeration for a set of integer constants associated with the days of the week, and then use the names of the days rather than their integer values in your code.

The following table lists common tasks involving enumerations.

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Find a pre-defined enumeration

Constants and Enumerations (Visual Basic)

Declare an enumeration

How to: Declare Enumerations (Visual Basic)

Fully qualify an enumeration's name

Enumerations and Name Qualification (Visual Basic)

Refer to an enumeration member

How to: Refer to an Enumeration Member (Visual Basic)

Iterate through an enumeration

How to: Iterate Through An Enumeration in Visual Basic

Determine the string associated with an enumeration

How to: Determine the String Associated with an Enumeration Value (Visual Basic)

Decide when to use an enumeration

When to Use an Enumeration (Visual Basic)