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Control.ControlCollection.Find Method

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 System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public Control[] Find(
	string key,
	bool searchAllChildren


Type: System.String
The key to locate in the Control.ControlCollection.
Type: System.Boolean
true to search all child controls; otherwise, false.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.Control[]
An array of type Control containing the matching controls.


The key parameter is null or the empty string ("").

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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