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TreeWalker.GetParent Method (AutomationElement)

Retrieves the parent element of the specified AutomationElement.

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

public AutomationElement GetParent (
	AutomationElement element
public AutomationElement GetParent (
	AutomationElement element
public function GetParent (
	element : AutomationElement
) : AutomationElement
Not applicable.



The element whose parent is to be returned.

Return Value

The parent element, or a null reference (Nothing in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET) if the specified element is the root element in the tree, or if the parent element is not visible in the current view.

The following example shows GetParent being used to find the window element that contains a specified element.

/// <summary>
/// Retrieves the top-level window that contains the specified UI Automation element.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="element">The contained element.</param>
/// <returns>The containing top-level window element.</returns>
private AutomationElement GetTopLevelWindow(AutomationElement element)
    TreeWalker walker = TreeWalker.ControlViewWalker;
    AutomationElement elementParent;
    AutomationElement node = element;
    if (node == elementRoot) return node;
        elementParent = walker.GetParent(node);
        if (elementParent == AutomationElement.RootElement) break;
        node = elementParent;
    while (true);
    return node;

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0