SaveOptions Enumeration

SaveOptions Enumeration


Specifies serialization options.

Namespace:   System.Xml.Linq
Assembly:  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

public enum SaveOptions

Member nameDescription

Preserve all insignificant white space while serializing.


Format (indent) the XML while serializing.


Remove the duplicate namespace declarations while serializing.

If you disable formatting when serializing, all insignificant white space in the XML tree is serialized as is. If you do not disable formatting, then all insignificant white space in the XML tree is discarded, and the XML is formatted (indented) as it is serialized.

This type allows you to control how LINQ to XML handles white space when serializing. For more information, see Preserving White Space while Loading or Parsing XML and Preserving White Space While Serializing.

The following example shows two ways to serialize. The first preserves insignificant white space in the XML tree. The second serializes the XElement with formatting.

string str;
XElement root = XElement.Parse(@"<Root> <Child> Text </Child> </Root>");

root.Save("Root.xml", SaveOptions.DisableFormatting);
str = File.ReadAllText("Root.xml");


root.Save("Root.xml", SaveOptions.None);
str = File.ReadAllText("Root.xml");

This example produces the following output:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><Root><Child> Text </Child></Root>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <Child> Text </Child>

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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