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ConfigurationElement.LockItem Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the element is locked.

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

Public Property LockItem As Boolean
Dim instance As ConfigurationElement 
Dim value As Boolean 

value = instance.LockItem

instance.LockItem = value

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the element is locked; otherwise, false. The default is false.


The element has already been locked at a higher configuration level.

Use the LockItem property if you want to put a general lock on the element itself and its child elements.

The following example shows how to use the LockItem.

' Show how to set LockItem 
' It adds a new UrlConfigElement to  
' the collection. 
Shared Sub LockItem()
    Dim name As String = "Contoso" 
    Dim url As String = "" 
    Dim port As Integer = 8080

        ' Get the current configuration file. 
        Dim config _
        As System.Configuration.Configuration = _
        ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration( _

        ' Get the MyUrls section. 
        Dim myUrls As UrlsSection = _

        ' Create the new  element. 
        Dim newElement _
        As New UrlConfigElement(name, url, port)

        ' Set its lock.
        newElement.LockItem = True 

        ' Save the new element to the  
        ' configuration file. 
        If Not myUrls.ElementInformation.IsLocked Then



            ' This is used to obsolete the cached  
            ' section and read the updared version  
            ' from the configuration file.
            Console.WriteLine("Section was locked, could not update.")
        End If 

    Catch e As ConfigurationErrorsException
        Console.WriteLine("[LockItem: {0}]", _
    End Try 

End Sub 'LockItem

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0