HtmlElement.InsertAdjacentElement Method

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

Insert a new element into the Document Object Model (DOM).

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

public HtmlElement InsertAdjacentElement (
	HtmlElementInsertionOrientation orient,
	HtmlElement newElement
public HtmlElement InsertAdjacentElement (
	HtmlElementInsertionOrientation orient, 
	HtmlElement newElement
public function InsertAdjacentElement (
	orient : HtmlElementInsertionOrientation, 
	newElement : HtmlElement
) : HtmlElement



Where to insert this element in relation to the current element.


The new element to insert.

Return Value

The HtmlElement that was just inserted. If insertion failed, this will return a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

Do not call this method until after the DocumentCompleted event on the WebBrowser control has occurred. Calling this method before then can result in an exception, as the document will not have finished loading.

Whether a value of HtmlElementInsertionOrientation is valid will depend on the type of the element. For example, AfterBegin is valid if the element is a DIV, but not if it is a SCRIPT or IMG element, neither of which can contain child elements.

The following code example inserts a DIV element into the top of every page that users view outside of the server. The example requires that your form contains a WebBrowser control named WebBrowser1. Your sample must also import the namespace System.Text.RegularExpressions.

public void AddDivMessage()
    Uri currentUri = new Uri(webBrowser1.Url.ToString());
    String hostName = null;

    // Ensure we have a host name, and not just an IP, against which to test.
    if (!(currentUri.HostNameType == UriHostNameType.Dns))
        DnsPermission permit = new DnsPermission(System.Security.Permissions.PermissionState.Unrestricted);

        IPHostEntry hostEntry = System.Net.Dns.GetHostEntry(currentUri.Host);
        hostName = hostEntry.HostName;
    } else {
        hostName = currentUri.Host;

    if (!hostName.Contains(""))
        AddTopPageMessage("You are viewing a web site other than " +
            "Please exercise caution, and ensure your Web surfing complies with all " +
            "corporate regulations as laid out in the company handbook.");

private void AddTopPageMessage(String message)
    if (webBrowser1.Document != null) 
        HtmlDocument doc = webBrowser1.Document;

        // Do not insert the warning again if it already exists. 
        HtmlElementCollection returnedElems = doc.All.GetElementsByName("ADatumWarningDiv");
        if ((returnedElems != null) && (returnedElems.Count > 0)) 

        HtmlElement divElem = doc.CreateElement("DIV");
        divElem.Name = "ADatumWarningDiv";
        divElem.Style = "background-color:black;color:white;font-weight:bold;width:100%;";
        divElem.InnerText = message;

        divElem = doc.Body.InsertAdjacentElement(HtmlElementInsertionOrientation.AfterBegin, divElem);

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

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