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TreeWalker.GetNextSibling Method (AutomationElement)

Retrieves the next sibling element of the specified AutomationElement.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Automation
Assembly:  UIAutomationClient (in UIAutomationClient.dll)

public AutomationElement GetNextSibling(
	AutomationElement element


Type: System.Windows.Automation.AutomationElement

The AutomationElement from which to retrieve the next sibling.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Automation.AutomationElement
The next sibling element, or a null reference (Nothing in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET) if there is no such element.

An AutomationElement can have additional sibling elements that do not match the current view condition and thus are not returned when navigating the element tree.

The structure of the AutomationElement tree changes as the visible user interface (UI) elements on the desktop change. It is not guaranteed that an element returned as the next sibling element will be returned as the next sibling on subsequent passes.

The following example shows GetNextSibling being used to construct a tree view of elements in a subtree.

/// <summary> 
/// Walks the UI Automation tree and adds the control type of each element it finds  
/// in the control view to a TreeView. 
/// </summary> 
/// <param name="rootElement">The root of the search on this iteration.</param>
/// <param name="treeNode">The node in the TreeView for this iteration.</param>
/// <remarks> 
/// This is a recursive function that maps out the structure of the subtree beginning at the 
/// UI Automation element passed in as rootElement on the first call. This could be, for example, 
/// an application window. 
/// CAUTION: Do not pass in AutomationElement.RootElement. Attempting to map out the entire subtree of 
/// the desktop could take a very long time and even lead to a stack overflow. 
/// </remarks> 
private void WalkControlElements(AutomationElement rootElement, TreeNode treeNode)
    // Conditions for the basic views of the subtree (content, control, and raw)  
    // are available as fields of TreeWalker, and one of these is used in the  
    // following code.
    AutomationElement elementNode = TreeWalker.ControlViewWalker.GetFirstChild(rootElement);

    while (elementNode != null)
        TreeNode childTreeNode = treeNode.Nodes.Add(elementNode.Current.ControlType.LocalizedControlType);
        WalkControlElements(elementNode, childTreeNode);
        elementNode = TreeWalker.ControlViewWalker.GetNextSibling(elementNode);

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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