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XPathNavigator.MoveToParent Method

When overridden in a derived class, moves the XPathNavigator to the parent node of the current node.

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

public abstract bool MoveToParent()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
Returns true if the XPathNavigator is successful moving to the parent node of the current node; otherwise, false. If false, the position of the XPathNavigator is unchanged.

The return value of the MoveToParent method depends on the XPathNodeType of the current node, and the XPathNodeType of the parent node to move to.

The following table shows the different XPathNodeType nodes, and the parent nodes they can move to.


Parent Node


Root nodes do not have parents.


Element or Root node.


Element node.


Element node.


Element node.


Element or Root node.


Element or Root node.


Element or Root node.


Element or Root node.

For an example of the MoveToParent method, see the CreateAttribute method.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0