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TreeWalker.GetParent Method (AutomationElement, CacheRequest)

Retrieves the parent element of the specified AutomationElement and caches properties and patterns.

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

public AutomationElement GetParent (
	AutomationElement element,
	CacheRequest request
public AutomationElement GetParent (
	AutomationElement element, 
	CacheRequest request
public function GetParent (
	element : AutomationElement, 
	request : CacheRequest
) : AutomationElement
Not applicable.



The element whose parent is to be returned.


A cache request object specifying members on the returned AutomationElement to cache.

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 the parent element is not visible in this view.

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 parent element will be returned as the parent on subsequent passes.

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