NameProperty property
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AutomationProperties.NameProperty property

Identifies the AutomationProperties.Name attached property, which is a string that holds the name of the automation element.


static property DependencyProperty^ NameProperty { 
   DependencyProperty^ get();

Property value

Type: DependencyProperty

The identifier for the AutomationProperties.Name attached property.


The Name property should be the same as the label text on screen. For example, Name should be "Browse" for a button element with the label "Browse". The Name property must not include the mnemonic character for the access keys (that is, "&"), which is underlined in the UI text presentation. Also, the Name property should not be an extended or modified version of the on-screen label because the inconsistency between the name and the label can cause confusion among client applications and users.

When the corresponding label text is not visible on screen, or when it is replaced by graphics, alternative text should be chosen. The alternative text should be concise, intuitive, and localized to the application UI language, or to the operating system default UI language. The alternative text should not be a detailed description of the visual details, but a concise description of the UI function or feature as if it were labeled by simple text. For example, the Windows Start menu button is named "Start" (button) instead of "Windows Logo on blue round sphere graphics" (button). For more information, see Creating Text Equivalents for Images.

When a UI label uses text graphics (for example, using ">>" for a button that adds an item from left to right), the Name property should be overridden by an appropriate text alternative (for example, "Add"). However the practice of using text graphics as a UI label is discouraged due to both localization and accessibility concerns.

The Name property must not include the control role or type information, such as "button" or "list"; otherwise, it will conflict with the text from the LocalizedControlType property when these two properties are appended (many existing assistive technologies do this).

The Name property cannot be used as a unique identifier among siblings. However, as long as it is consistent with the UI presentation, the same Name value can be supported among peers. For test automation, the clients should consider using the AutomationId or RuntimeId property.

Text controls do not always have to have the Name property be identical to the text that is displayed within the control, so long as the Text pattern is also supported.

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

Universal, introduced version 10.0.10240.0

API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml::Automation [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Automation [C++]



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