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Console.Out Property

Gets the standard output stream.

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

'Declaration
Public Shared ReadOnly Property Out As TextWriter

Property Value

Type: System.IO.TextWriter
A TextWriter that represents the standard output stream.

This property is set to the standard output stream by default. This property can be set to another stream with the SetOut method.

Note that calls to Console.Out.WriteLine methods are equivalent to calls to the corresponding WriteLine methods.

The following example uses the Out property to display an array containing the names of files in the application's current directory to the standard output device. It then sets the standard output to a file named Files.txt and lists the array elements to the file. Finally, it sets the output to the standard output stream and again displays the array elements to the standard output device.


Imports System.IO

Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      ' Get all files in the current directory.
      Dim files() As String = Directory.GetFiles(".")
      Array.Sort(files)

      ' Display the files to the current output source to the console.
      Console.WriteLine("First display of filenames to the console:")
      Array.ForEach(files, Function(s) WriteOutput(s))   
      Console.Out.WriteLine()

      ' Redirect output to a file named Files.txt and write file list.
      Dim sw As StreamWriter = New StreamWriter(".\Files.txt")
      sw.AutoFlush = True
      Console.SetOut(sw)
      Console.Out.WriteLine("Display filenames to a file:")
      Array.ForEach(files, Function(s) WriteOutput(s))
      Console.Out.WriteLine()

      ' Close previous output stream and redirect output to standard output.
      Console.Out.Close()
      sw = New StreamWriter(Console.OpenStandardOutput())
      sw.AutoFlush = True
      Console.SetOut(sw)

      ' Display the files to the current output source to the console.
      Console.Out.WriteLine("Second display of filenames to the console:")
      Array.ForEach(files, Function(s) WriteOutput(s))   
   End Sub

   Private Function WriteOutput(s As String) As Boolean
      Console.Out.WriteLine(s)
      Return True
   End Function
End Module


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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.
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