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AccessibleSelection Enumeration

Specifies how an accessible object is selected or receives focus.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public enum AccessibleSelection

Member nameDescription
NoneThe selection or focus of an object is unchanged.
TakeFocusAssigns focus to an object and makes it the anchor, which is the starting point for the selection. Can be combined with TakeSelection, ExtendSelection, AddSelection, or RemoveSelection.
TakeSelectionSelects the object and deselects all other objects in the container.
ExtendSelectionSelects all objects between the anchor and the selected object.
AddSelectionAdds the object to the selection.
RemoveSelectionRemoves the object from the selection.

A focused object is the one object that receives keyboard input. The object with the keyboard focus is either the active window or a child object of the active window. A selected object is marked to participate in some type of group operation.

This enumeration is used by AccessibleObject.Select.

For additional information on the accessibility application, search for "Microsoft Active Accessibility" in the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) library.

The following code example demonstrates the creation of an accessibility-aware chart control, using the AccessibleObject and Control.ControlAccessibleObject classes to expose accessible information. The control plots two curves along with a legend. The ChartControlAccessibleObject class, which derives from ControlAccessibleObject, is used in the CreateAccessibilityInstance method to provide custom accessible information for the chart control. Because the chart legend is not an actual Control -based control, but instead is drawn by the chart control, it does not any built-in accessible information. Because of this, the ChartControlAccessibleObject class overrides the GetChild method to return the CurveLegendAccessibleObject that represents accessible information for each part of the legend. When an accessible-aware application uses this control, the control can provide the necessary accessible information.

This example demonstrates using the AccessibleSelection enumeration with the Select method. See the AccessibleObject class overview for the complete code example.

// Inner class ChartControlAccessibleObject represents accessible information associated with the ChartControl. 
// The ChartControlAccessibleObject is returned in the ChartControl.CreateAccessibilityInstance override. 
public class ChartControlAccessibleObject : ControlAccessibleObject
    ChartControl chartControl;

    public ChartControlAccessibleObject(ChartControl ctrl) : base(ctrl) 
        chartControl = ctrl;

    // Gets the role for the Chart. This is used by accessibility programs. 
    public override AccessibleRole Role
        get {
            return AccessibleRole.Chart;

    // Gets the state for the Chart. This is used by accessibility programs. 
    public override AccessibleStates State
        get {                    
            return AccessibleStates.ReadOnly;

    // The CurveLegend objects are "child" controls in terms of accessibility so 
    // return the number of ChartLengend objects. 
    public override int GetChildCount()
        return chartControl.Legends.Length;

    // Gets the Accessibility object of the child CurveLegend idetified by index. 
    public override AccessibleObject GetChild(int index)
        if (index >= 0 && index < chartControl.Legends.Length) {
            return chartControl.Legends[index].AccessibilityObject;
        return null;

    // Helper function that is used by the CurveLegend's accessibility object 
    // to navigate between sibiling controls. Specifically, this function is used in 
    // the CurveLegend.CurveLegendAccessibleObject.Navigate function. 
    internal AccessibleObject NavigateFromChild(CurveLegend.CurveLegendAccessibleObject child, 
                                                AccessibleNavigation navdir) 
        switch(navdir) {
            case AccessibleNavigation.Down:
            case AccessibleNavigation.Next:
                return GetChild(child.ID + 1);

            case AccessibleNavigation.Up:
            case AccessibleNavigation.Previous:
                return GetChild(child.ID - 1);                        
        return null;

    // Helper function that is used by the CurveLegend's accessibility object 
    // to select a specific CurveLegend control. Specifically, this function is used 
    // in the CurveLegend.CurveLegendAccessibleObject.Select function. 
    internal void SelectChild(CurveLegend.CurveLegendAccessibleObject child, AccessibleSelection selection) 
        int childID = child.ID;

        // Determine which selection action should occur, based on the 
        // AccessibleSelection value. 
        if ((selection & AccessibleSelection.TakeSelection) != 0) {
            for(int i = 0; i < chartControl.Legends.Length; i++) {
                if (i == childID) {
                    chartControl.Legends[i].Selected = true;                        
                } else {
                    chartControl.Legends[i].Selected = false;

            // AccessibleSelection.AddSelection means that the CurveLegend will be selected. 
            if ((selection & AccessibleSelection.AddSelection) != 0) {
                chartControl.Legends[childID].Selected = true;                        

            // AccessibleSelection.AddSelection means that the CurveLegend will be unselected. 
            if ((selection & AccessibleSelection.RemoveSelection) != 0) {
                chartControl.Legends[childID].Selected = false;                        

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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, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0