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TreeWalker Class

Provides methods and properties used to navigate the UI Automation tree.

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

public ref class TreeWalker sealed
public final class TreeWalker
public final class TreeWalker
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UI Automation clients view the UI Automation elements on the desktop as a set of AutomationElement objects arranged in a tree structure.

Using the TreeWalker class, a client application can navigate the UI Automation tree by selecting a view of the tree and stepping from one AutomationElement to another in a specified direction using the GetFirstChild, GetLastChild, GetPreviousSibling, GetNextSibling, and GetParent methods.

Navigating the UI Automation tree using TreeWalker can result in cross-process calls and is not as efficient as locating an element using the FindAll or FindFirst methods.

If your client application might try to find elements in its own user interface, you must make all UI Automation calls on a separate thread.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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