Storyboard.TargetName attached property

Storyboard.TargetName attached property

Gets or sets the name of the object to animate.

<object Storyboard.TargetName="nameString" />

XAML Values


The Name or x:Name value of the element where the property to be animated exists.


The value of Storyboard.TargetName must refer to an existing element that has that same string assigned as its Name or x:Name attribute. You almost always set both Storyboard.TargetName and Storyboard.TargetProperty together on any given animation you define in XAML.

For more info on the general concepts of storyboards and timelines, see Storyboarded animations.

Attempting to set Storyboard.TargetName on a running animation will cause a run-time error. However, you can retarget an existing animation is stopped or not yet running. If you do so, be careful not to retarget an animation to the wrong type of target (one that does not support the existing Storyboard.TargetProperty). Otherwise, you will get a run-time error.

Storyboard.TargetName is an attached property, which supports a XAML usage. When getting this property in code, use GetTargetName. When setting this property in code, use SetTargetName instead. In code usages, the target parameter is the object where the attached property value is set. Another way to get or set the value in code is to use the dependency property system, calling either GetValue or SetValue and passing TargetNameProperty as the dependency property identifier.

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

API contract




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]





See also

XAML overview
Storyboarded animations
Attached properties overview



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