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DataObject.GetDataPresent Method (String)

Determines whether the data is available in, or can be converted to, a format specified by a string.

Namespace: System.Windows
Assembly: PresentationCore (in presentationcore.dll)

public bool GetDataPresent (
	string format
public final boolean GetDataPresent (
	String format
public final function GetDataPresent (
	format : String
) : boolean
You cannot use methods in XAML.



A string that specifies the format for the data. For a set of predefined data formats, see the DataFormats class.

Return Value

true if the data is in, or can be converted to, the specified format; otherwise, false.

Exception typeCondition


format is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Call GetDataPresent to determine whether a format is available in this data object before calling GetData. Call GetFormats to obtain a list of all the formats that are available in this data object.

The following example uses this method to query for the presence of a particular data format by descriptor string.

DataObject dataObject = new DataObject("Some string data to store...");

// Query for the presence of Text data in the data object, by a data format descriptor string.
// In this overload of GetDataPresent, the method will return true both for native data formats
// and when the data can automatically be converted to the specifed format.

// In this case, string data is present natively, so GetDataPresent returns false.
string textData = null;
if (dataObject.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.StringFormat))
    textData = dataObject.GetData(DataFormats.StringFormat) as string;

// In this case, the Text data in the data object can be autoconverted to 
// Unicode text, so GetDataPresent returns "true".
byte[] unicodeData = null;
if (dataObject.GetDataPresent(DataFormats.UnicodeText))
    unicodeData = dataObject.GetData(DataFormats.UnicodeText) as byte[];

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