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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;

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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