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AutomationPattern Class

Identifies a control pattern.

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

public class AutomationPattern : AutomationIdentifier

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.

The following example shows how 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 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