AutomationPattern Class

Identifies a control pattern.

Namespace: System.Windows.Automation
Assembly: UIAutomationTypes (in uiautomationtypes.dll)
XML Namespace:

public class AutomationPattern : AutomationIdentifier
public class AutomationPattern extends AutomationIdentifier
public class AutomationPattern extends AutomationIdentifier
Not applicable.

Instances of this type identify specific control patterns. For example, the DockPattern.Pattern field identifies the DockPattern control pattern.

The following example displays the ProgrammaticName of patterns supported by an AutomationElement.

AutomationProperty[] properties = element.GetSupportedProperties();
foreach (AutomationProperty prop in properties)

The following example shows how one of the predefined instances can be used to request a specific pattern.

/// <summary>
/// Retrieves the selection container for a selection item.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="listItem">
/// An element that supports SelectionItemPattern.
/// </param>
AutomationElement GetListItemParent(AutomationElement listItem)
    if (listItem == null) throw new ArgumentException();
    SelectionItemPattern pattern = listItem.GetCurrentPattern(SelectionItemPattern.Pattern) as SelectionItemPattern;
    if (pattern == null)
        return null;
        SelectionItemPattern.SelectionItemPatternInformation properties = pattern.Current;
        return properties.SelectionContainer;


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 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0

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