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IDataObject.GetData Method (Type)

Retrieves the data associated with the specified class type format.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

Object GetData(
	Type format


Type: System.Type
A Type representing the format of the data to retrieve. See DataFormats for predefined formats.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The data associated with the specified format, or null.

If this method cannot find data in the specified format, it attempts to convert the data to the format. If the data cannot be converted to the specified format, this method returns null.

To determine whether data is associated with, or can be converted to, a format, call GetDataPresent before calling GetData. Call GetFormats for a list of valid formats for the data stored in this instance.


Data can be converted to another format if it was stored specifying that conversion is allowed, and if the requested format is compatible with the stored format. For example, data stored as Unicode can be converted to text.

For an implementation of this method, see DataObject.GetData.

This example uses the DataObject class, which implements IDataObject, to demonstrate the use of the GetData method. The method is used to retrieve the data stored in myObject, which is associated with a specific type, myType. The type of the retrieved data is displayed in a message box. The example assumes that you have already created a Form named Form1.

private void GetData2() 
    // Creates a component.
    Component myComponent = new Component();

    // Creates a data object, and assigns it the component.
    DataObject myDataObject = new DataObject(myComponent);

    // Creates a type, myType, to store the type of data.
    Type myType = myComponent.GetType();

    // Retrieves the data using myType to represent its type.
    Object myObject = myDataObject.GetData(myType);
    if(myObject != null)
        MessageBox.Show("The data type stored in the data object is " +
            myObject.GetType().Name + ".");
        MessageBox.Show("Data of the specified type was not stored " +
            "in the data object.");

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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