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WebPartUserCapability Class

Provides information about a user's capabilities to view and modify personalization data. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

[AspNetHostingPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Level = AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)]
public sealed class WebPartUserCapability

At various points in the life cycle of a Web Parts application, the WebPartPersonalization object needs to check the capabilities of the current user to determine what personalization data the user can view and modify. When this need arises, the personalization object checks instances of the WebPartUserCapability class.

The Web Parts personalization feature defines two user capabilities, each of which is represented by a WebPartUserCapability object. Both of these objects have corresponding verbs that can be used to specify user capabilities within the <authorization> section of a Web.config file. For more information, see authorization Element for personalization for webParts (ASP.NET Settings Schema). The different user capabilities are shown in the following table.

User capability



Indicates that the current user can save personalization data to the data store. Accessed through the ModifyStateUserCapability field on a WebPartPersonalization object.


Indicates that the current user can enter Shared personalization scope. Accessed through the EnterSharedScopeUserCapability field on a WebPartPersonalization object.

The WebPartUserCapability class has one public property. The Name property indicates the name of the class.

The WebPartUserCapability class also has two exposed methods. The Equals method allows two user capability objects to be compared. The objects are considered equal if they have the same name. The GetHashCode method generates a hash code based on the name of the WebPartUserCapability object.


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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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