AutomationElement.RootElement Property

Gets the root AutomationElement for the current desktop.

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

Public Shared ReadOnly Property RootElement As AutomationElement
Dim value As AutomationElement

value = AutomationElement.RootElement

/** @property */
public static AutomationElement get_RootElement ()

public static function get RootElement () : AutomationElement

Not applicable.

Property Value

The root element.

You can use the root element as a starting point for finding other elements, using the FindAll and FindFirst methods.

When searching from the root element, be sure to specify Children in the scope of the search, not Descendants. A search through the entire subtree of the desktop could iterate through thousands of items and lead to a stack overflow.

The following example code retrieves a collection of all the immediate children of the desktop.

Dim desktopChildren As AutomationElementCollection
desktopChildren = AutomationElement.RootElement.FindAll( _
    TreeScope.Children, Condition.TrueCondition)

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

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