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ConfigurationElementCollection.BaseAdd Method (ConfigurationElement, Boolean)

Adds a configuration element to the configuration element collection.

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

protected internal void BaseAdd(
	ConfigurationElement element,
	bool throwIfExists


Type: System.Configuration.ConfigurationElement

The ConfigurationElement to add.

Type: System.Boolean

true to throw an exception if the ConfigurationElement specified is already contained in the ConfigurationElementCollection; otherwise, false.


The ConfigurationElement to add already exists in the ConfigurationElementCollection and the throwIfExists parameter is true.

Use the optional parameter throwIfExists to throw an Exception exception if the specified ConfigurationElement object already exists in the ConfigurationElementCollection collection.

An element is considered a duplicate only if the keys are identical but the values are different. Elements with identical keys and values are accepted silently because the elements do not compete. However, an element with an identical key but a different value cannot be added because there is no logic to determine which of the competing values should be honored.

The following code example shows how to call the BaseAdd method.

protected override void 
    BaseAdd(ConfigurationElement element)
    BaseAdd(element, false);
    // Add custom code here.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0