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Console.SetError Method

Sets the Error property to the specified TextWriter object.

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

public static void SetError (
	TextWriter newError
public static void SetError (
	TextWriter newError
public static function SetError (
	newError : TextWriter
Not applicable.



A TextWriter stream that is the new standard error output.

Exception typeCondition


newError is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The caller does not have the required permission.

By default, the Error property is set to the standard error output stream.

A StreamWriter that encapsulates a FileStream can be used to send error messages to a file.

The following example shows how to redirect the standard error stream to a file.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0