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ICloneable.Clone Method

Creates a new object that is a copy of the current instance.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

Object Clone()

Return Value

Type: System.Object
A new object that is a copy of this instance.

The resulting clone must be of the same type as, or compatible with, the original instance.

An implementation of Clone can perform either a deep copy or a shallow copy. In a deep copy, all objects are duplicated; in a shallow copy, only the top-level objects are duplicated and the lower levels contain references. Because callers of Clone cannot depend on the method performing a predictable cloning operation, we recommend that ICloneable not be implemented in public APIs.

See Object.MemberwiseClone for more information on cloning, deep versus shallow copies, and examples.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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