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Control.AccessibleName Property

Gets or sets the name of the control used by accessibility client applications.

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

Public Property AccessibleName As String
Dim instance As Control 
Dim value As String 

value = instance.AccessibleName

instance.AccessibleName = value

Property Value

Type: System.String
The name of the control used by accessibility client applications. The default is Nothing.

The AccessibleName property is a label that briefly describes and identifies the object within its container, such as the text in a Button, the name of a MenuItem, or a label displayed next to a TextBox control.

For more information about properties of accessible objects, see the "Content of Descriptive Properties" topic in the MSDN library at

The following code example creates an instance of a CheckBox derived class, MyCheckBox, assigns it an Image to its Image property and sets the AccessibleName and AccessibleDescription properties since the Text property is Nothing. This example requires that you have a Form named MyForm.

Public Sub New()
   ' Create a 'MyCheckBox' control and  
   ' display an image on it.  
   Dim myCheckBox As New MyCustomControls.MyCheckBox()
   myCheckBox.Location = New Point(5, 5)
   myCheckBox.Image = Image.FromFile( _
     Application.CommonAppDataPath + "\Preview.jpg")

   ' Set the AccessibleName property 
   ' since there is no Text displayed. 
   myCheckBox.AccessibleName = "Preview" 

   ' Set the AccessibleDescription text.
   myCheckBox.AccessibleDescription = _
     "A toggle button used to show the document preview." 
End Sub

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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