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SettingsBase Class

Provides the base class used to support user property settings.

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

public abstract class SettingsBase

The SettingsBase type exposes the following members.

Protected methodSettingsBaseInitializes a new instance of the SettingsBase class.

Public propertyContextGets the associated settings context.
Public propertyIsSynchronizedGets a value indicating whether access to the object is synchronized (thread safe).
Public propertyItemGets or sets the value of the specified settings property.
Public propertyPropertiesGets the collection of settings properties.
Public propertyPropertyValuesGets a collection of settings property values.
Public propertyProvidersGets a collection of settings providers.

Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodInitializeInitializes internal properties used by SettingsBase object.
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSaveStores the current values of the settings properties.
Public methodStatic memberSynchronizedProvides a SettingsBase class that is synchronized (thread safe).
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

ASP.NET Web Forms and Windows Forms both use the same configuration settings infrastructure to support user settings. User settings within ASP.NET are often referred to as ASP.NET Profile. The settings infrastructure includes the SettingsBase base class, the SettingsProperty class, the SettingsPropertyValue class, the SettingsContext class, the SettingsProvider class, and the SettingAttribute


The Settings base classes provide only a common infrastructure for defining and persisting settings properties. Depending on how these base classes are derived and their run-time environment, the settings API can provide different levels of functionality. For example, ASP.NET Profile uses the settings base classes to provide per-user settings that are saved and loaded according to request semantics.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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