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Array.Clear Method

Sets a range of elements in the Array to zero, to false, or to null, depending on the element type.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static void Clear(
	Array array,
	int index,
	int length
)

Parameters

array
Type: System.Array

The Array whose elements need to be cleared.

index
Type: System.Int32

The starting index of the range of elements to clear.

length
Type: System.Int32

The number of elements to clear.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

array is null.

IndexOutOfRangeException

index is less than the lower bound of array.

-or-

length is less than zero.

-or-

The sum of index and length is greater than the size of the Array.

Reference-type elements are set to null. Boolean-type elements are set to false. Other value-type elements are set to zero.

The range of cleared elements wrap from row to row in a multi-dimensional array.

This method only clears the values of the elements; it does not delete the elements themselves. An Array has a fixed size; therefore, elements cannot be added or removed.

This method is an O(n) operation, where n is length.

The following example demonstrates the use of the Clear method with multi-dimensional arrays.

using System;

class Example
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        Console.WriteLine("One dimension (Rank=1):");
        int[] numbers1 = { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 };

        for (int i = 0; i < 9; i++)
        {
            Console.Write("{0} ", numbers1[i]);
        }
        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine();

        Console.WriteLine("Array.Clear(numbers1, 2, 5)");
        Array.Clear(numbers1, 2, 5);

        for (int i = 0; i < 9; i++)
        {
            Console.Write("{0} ", numbers1[i]);
        }
        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine();

        Console.WriteLine("Two dimensions (Rank=2):");
        int[,] numbers2 = { { 1, 2, 3 }, { 4, 5, 6 }, { 7, 8, 9 } };

        for (int i = 0; i < 3; i++)
        {
            for (int j = 0; j < 3; j++)
            {
                Console.Write("{0} ", numbers2[i, j]);
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }

        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine("Array.Clear(numbers2, 2, 5)");
        Array.Clear(numbers2, 2, 5);

        for (int i = 0; i < 3; i++)
        {
            for (int j = 0; j < 3; j++)
            {
                Console.Write("{0} ", numbers2[i, j]);
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }

        Console.WriteLine("Three dimensions (Rank=3):");
        int[, ,] numbers3 = {{{1, 2}, {3, 4}},
                             {{5, 6}, {7, 8}},
                             {{9, 10}, {11, 12}}};

        for (int i = 0; i < 2; i++)
        {
            for (int j = 0; j < 2; j++)
            {
                for (int k = 0; k < 2; k++)
                {
                    Console.Write("{0} ", numbers3[i, j, k]);
                }
                Console.WriteLine();
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }

        Console.WriteLine("Array.Clear(numbers3, 2, 5)");
        Array.Clear(numbers3, 2, 5);

        for (int i = 0; i < 2; i++)
        {
            for (int j = 0; j < 2; j++)
            {
                for (int k = 0; k < 2; k++)
                {
                    Console.Write("{0} ", numbers3[i, j, k]);
                }
                Console.WriteLine();
            }
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
    }
}
/*  This code example produces the following output:
 * 
 * One dimension (Rank=1):
 * 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
 * 
 * Array.Clear(numbers1, 2, 5)
 * 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 9
 * 
 * Two dimensions (Rank=2):
 * 1 2 3
 * 4 5 6
 * 7 8 9
 * 
 * Array.Clear(numbers2, 2, 5)
 * 1 2 0
 * 0 0 0
 * 0 8 9
 * 
 * Three dimensions (Rank=3):
 * 1 2
 * 3 4
 * 
 * 5 6
 * 7 8
 * 
 * Array.Clear(numbers3, 2, 5)
 * 1 2
 * 0 0
 * 
 * 0 0
 * 0 8
 */

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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