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AutomationElement.FromPoint Method

Retrieves a new AutomationElement object for the user interface (UI) item at specified point on the desktop.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Automation
Assembly:  UIAutomationClient (in UIAutomationClient.dll)

public static AutomationElement FromPoint(
	Point pt


Type: System.Windows.Point
The physical screen coordinates on the desktop at which to locate the UI element.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Automation.AutomationElement
The UI item at the specified point.

FromPoint returns the element in the logical tree that is closest to the root element.

If your client application might try to find elements in its own user interface, you must make all UI Automation calls on a separate thread.

Although the point is within the bounding rectangle of the returned AutomationElement, it is not necessarily on a clickable part of the control. For example, a round button might not be clickable near one of the corners of its bounding rectangle.

The following example retrieves the AutomationElement at the system cursor location.

private AutomationElement ElementFromCursor()
    // Convert mouse position from System.Drawing.Point to System.Windows.Point.
    System.Windows.Point point = new System.Windows.Point(Cursor.Position.X, Cursor.Position.Y);
    AutomationElement element = AutomationElement.FromPoint(point);
    return element;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.