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Control.ControlCollection.Find Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Searches for controls by their Name property and builds an array of all the controls that match.

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

public Control[] Find (
	string key,
	bool searchAllChildren
public Control[] Find (
	String key, 
	boolean searchAllChildren
public function Find (
	key : String, 
	searchAllChildren : boolean
) : Control[]



The key to locate in the Control.ControlCollection.


true to search all child controls; otherwise, false.

Return Value

An array of type Control containing the matching controls.

Exception typeCondition


The key parameter is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) or the empty string ("").

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0