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AdornerLayer.GetAdornerLayer Method

Returns the first adorner layer in the visual tree above a specified Visual.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Documents
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public static AdornerLayer GetAdornerLayer(
	Visual visual
You cannot use methods in XAML.


Type: System.Windows.Media.Visual

The visual element for which to find an adorner layer.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Documents.AdornerLayer
An adorner layer for the specified visual, or null if no adorner layer can be found.


Raised when visual is null.

This static method traverses up the visual tree starting at the specified Visual and returns the first adorner layer found.

This example shows how to programmatically bind an adorner to a specified UIElement.

To bind an adorner to a particular UIElement, follow these steps:


  1. Call the static method GetAdornerLayer to get an AdornerLayer object for the UIElement to be adorned. GetAdornerLayer walks up the visual tree, starting at the specified UIElement, and returns the first adorner layer it finds. (If no adorner layers are found, the method returns null.)

  2. Call the Add method to bind the adorner to the target UIElement.

The following example binds a SimpleCircleAdorner (shown above) to a TextBox named myTextBox.

myAdornerLayer = AdornerLayer.GetAdornerLayer(myTextBox);
myAdornerLayer.Add(new SimpleCircleAdorner(myTextBox));

Using Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) to bind an adorner to another element is currently not supported.

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