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MethodBase.IsSpecialName Property

Gets a value indicating whether this method has a special name.

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

public bool IsSpecialName { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if this method has a special name; otherwise, false.

The SpecialName bit is set to flag members that are treated in a special way by some compilers (such as property accessors and operator overloading methods).

This example shows a use of IsSpecialName to filter internal or private members out of a list.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Text;

public class Sample
    protected bool ShowMethods;
    protected StreamWriter myWriter;

    private void DumpMethods(Type aType)
        if (!ShowMethods)
        MethodInfo[] mInfo = aType.GetMethods();
        bool found = false;            
        if (mInfo.Length != 0)
            for (int i=0; i < mInfo.Length; i++)
                // Only display methods declared in this type. Also  
                // filter out any methods with special names, because these 
                // cannot be generally called by the user. That is, their  
                // functionality is usually exposed in other ways, for example, 
                // property get/set methods are exposed as properties. 
                if (mInfo[i].DeclaringType == aType && !mInfo[i].IsSpecialName)
                    found = true;
                    StringBuilder modifiers = new StringBuilder();
                    if (mInfo[i].IsStatic)   {modifiers.Append("static ");}     
                    if (mInfo[i].IsPublic)   {modifiers.Append("public ");}     
                    if (mInfo[i].IsFamily)   {modifiers.Append("protected ");}     
                    if (mInfo[i].IsAssembly) {modifiers.Append("internal ");}     
                    if (mInfo[i].IsPrivate)  {modifiers.Append("private ");}     
                    myWriter.WriteLine("{0} {1}", modifiers, mInfo[i]);
        if (!found)

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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