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NameScope.FindName Method

Returns the corresponding object in the XAML namescope maintained by this NameScope, based on a provided name string.

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

public Object FindName(
	string name


Type: System.String
Name portion of an existing mapping to retrieve the object portion for.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The requested object that is mapped with name. Can return null if name was provided as null or empty string, or if no matching object was found.



Several base elements (FrameworkElement, FrameworkElement) also expose a FindName method with identical functionality. The base element versions perform a XAML namescope search within the conventional logical tree, working towards the root element. Once the XAML namescope is determined, that XAML namescope is queried for the requested name.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.