String.StartsWith Method (String)

Determines whether the beginning of this instance matches the specified string.

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

Public Function StartsWith ( _
	value As String _
) As Boolean


Type: System.String
The string to compare.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if value matches the beginning of this string; otherwise, false.


value is Nothing.

This method compares value to the substring at the beginning of this instance that is the same length as value, and returns an indication whether they are equal. To be equal, value must be an empty string (String.Empty), a reference to this same instance, or match the beginning of this instance.

This method performs a word (case-sensitive and culture-sensitive) comparison using the current culture.

Notes to Callers

Starting in Silverlight 4, the behavior of the String.StartsWith(String) method has changed. In Silverlight 4, it performs a case-sensitive and culture-sensitive comparison using the current culture to determine whether the current instance begins with value. This conforms to the behavior of the String.StartsWith(String) method in the full .NET Framework. In Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3, String.StartsWith(String) performs an ordinal comparison using the current culture. If the common language runtime determines that a Silverlight-based application was compiled against Silverlight 2 or Silverlight 3, it performs an ordinal comparison; otherwise, it performs a culture-sensitive comparison.

The following code example demonstrates how you can use the StartsWith method.

Public Class Example

   Public Shared Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
      Dim strSource As String() = {"<b>This is bold text</b>", _
                  "<H1>This is large Text</H1>", _
                  "<b><i><font color = green>This has multiple tags</font></i></b>", _
                  "<b>This has <i>embedded</i> tags.</b>", _
                  "<This line simply begins with a lesser than symbol, it should not be modified"}

      ' process a string that contains html tags
      ' this sample does not remove embedded tags (tags in the middle of a line)

      outputBlock.Text &= "The following lists the items before the tags have been stripped:" & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= "-----------------------------------------------------------------" & vbCrLf

      ' print out the initial array of strings
      Dim s As String
      For Each s In strSource
         outputBlock.Text &= s & vbCrLf
      Next s

      outputBlock.Text &= vbCrLf

      outputBlock.Text &= "The following lists the items after the tags have been stripped:" & vbCrLf
      outputBlock.Text &= "----------------------------------------------------------------" & vbCrLf

      ' print out the array of strings
      For Each s In strSource
         outputBlock.Text &= StripStartTags(s) & vbCrLf
      Next s

   End Sub 'Main

   Private Shared Function StripStartTags(ByVal item As String) As String

      ' try to find a tag at the start of the line using StartsWith
      If item.Trim().StartsWith("<") Then

         ' now search for the closing tag...
         Dim lastLocation As Integer = item.IndexOf(">")

         If lastLocation >= 0 Then
            ' remove the identified section, if it is a valid region
            item = item.Substring((lastLocation + 1))
         End If
      End If

      Return item

   End Function 'StripStartTags

End Class 'EndsWithTest


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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