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StringDictionary.Add Method

Adds an entry with the specified key and value into the StringDictionary.

Namespace:  System.Collections.Specialized
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public virtual void Add(
	string key,
	string value


Type: System.String

The key of the entry to add.

Type: System.String

The value of the entry to add. The value can be null.


key is null.


An entry with the same key already exists in the StringDictionary.


The StringDictionary is read-only.

The key is handled in a case-insensitive manner; it is translated to lowercase before it is added to the string dictionary.

This method is an O(1) operation.

The following code example demonstrates how to add and remove elements from a StringDictionary.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Specialized;

public class SamplesStringDictionary  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Creates and initializes a new StringDictionary.
      StringDictionary myCol = new StringDictionary();
      myCol.Add( "red", "rojo" );
      myCol.Add( "green", "verde" );
      myCol.Add( "blue", "azul" );

      // Displays the values in the StringDictionary.
      Console.WriteLine( "Initial contents of the StringDictionary:" );
      PrintKeysAndValues( myCol );

      // Deletes an element.
      myCol.Remove( "green" );
      Console.WriteLine( "The collection contains the following elements after removing \"green\":" );
      PrintKeysAndValues( myCol );

      // Clears the entire collection.
      Console.WriteLine( "The collection contains the following elements after it is cleared:" );
      PrintKeysAndValues( myCol );


   public static void PrintKeysAndValues( StringDictionary myCol )  {
      Console.WriteLine( "   KEY        VALUE" );
      foreach ( DictionaryEntry de in myCol )
         Console.WriteLine( "   {0,-10} {1}", de.Key, de.Value );


This code produces the following output.

Initial contents of the StringDictionary:
   KEY        VALUE
   green      verde
   red        rojo
   blue       azul

The collection contains the following elements after removing "green":
   KEY        VALUE
   red        rojo
   blue       azul

The collection contains the following elements after it is cleared:
   KEY        VALUE


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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

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0