ExpandCollapseState Property
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ExpandCollapsePattern.ExpandCollapsePatternInformation.ExpandCollapseState Property

Gets the ExpandCollapseState of the AutomationElement.

Namespace: System.Windows.Automation
Assembly: UIAutomationClient (in uiautomationclient.dll)
XML Namespace:  http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property ExpandCollapseState As ExpandCollapseState
'Usage
Dim instance As ExpandCollapsePatternInformation
Dim value As ExpandCollapseState

value = instance.ExpandCollapseState

/** @property */
public ExpandCollapseState get_ExpandCollapseState ()

public function get ExpandCollapseState () : ExpandCollapseState

Not applicable.

Property Value

The ExpandCollapseState of AutomationElement.

ExpandCollapseState refers to the visibility of immediate child objects only; it does not refer to the visibility of all descendant objects.

The default value is Expanded.

In the following example, an AutomationElement representing a menu item is passed to a function that attempts to expand or collapse the menu item based on its current ExpandCollapseState.

'''--------------------------------------------------------------------
''' <summary>
''' Obtains an ExpandCollapsePattern control pattern from an 
''' automation element.
''' </summary>
''' <param name="targetControl">
''' The automation element of interest.
''' </param>
''' <returns>
''' A ExpandCollapsePattern object.
''' </returns>
'''--------------------------------------------------------------------
Private Function GetExpandCollapsePattern( _
ByVal targetControl As AutomationElement) As ExpandCollapsePattern
    Dim expandCollapsePattern As ExpandCollapsePattern = Nothing

    Try
        expandCollapsePattern = DirectCast( _
        targetControl.GetCurrentPattern(expandCollapsePattern.Pattern), _
        ExpandCollapsePattern)
    Catch exc As InvalidOperationException
        ' Object doesn't support the ExpandCollapsePattern control pattern.
        Return Nothing
    End Try

    Return expandCollapsePattern

End Function 'GetExpandCollapsePattern    

...

'''--------------------------------------------------------------------
''' <summary>
''' Programmatically expand or collapse a menu item.
''' </summary>
''' <param name="menuItem">
''' The target menu item.
''' </param>
'''--------------------------------------------------------------------
Private Sub ExpandCollapseMenuItem(ByVal menuItem As AutomationElement)
    If menuItem Is Nothing Then
        Throw New ArgumentNullException( _
        "AutomationElement argument cannot be null.")
    End If

    Dim expandCollapsePattern As ExpandCollapsePattern = _
    GetExpandCollapsePattern(menuItem)

    If expandCollapsePattern Is Nothing Then
        Return
    End If

    If expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState = _
    ExpandCollapseState.LeafNode Then
        Return
    End If

    Try
        If expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState = _
        ExpandCollapseState.Expanded Then
            ' Collapse the menu item.
            expandCollapsePattern.Collapse()

        ElseIf expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState = _
        ExpandCollapseState.Collapsed OrElse _
        expandCollapsePattern.Current.ExpandCollapseState = _
        ExpandCollapseState.PartiallyExpanded Then
            ' Expand the menu item.
            expandCollapsePattern.Expand()
        End If
    Catch exc As ElementNotEnabledException
        ' Control is not enabled
        ' TO DO: error handling.
    Catch exc As InvalidOperationException
        ' Control is unable to perform operation 
        ' TO DO: error handling.
    End Try

End Sub 'ExpandCollapseMenuItem ' TO DO: error handling.

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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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