IDictionary.Contains Method

SortedList<TKey, TValue>.IDictionary.Contains Method (Object)


Determines whether the IDictionary contains an element with the specified key.

Namespace:   System.Collections.Generic
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

bool IDictionary.Contains(
	object key


Type: System.Object

The key to locate in the IDictionary.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the IDictionary contains an element with the key; otherwise, false.

Exception Condition

key is null.

This method returns false if key is of a type that is not assignable to the key type TKey of the SortedList<TKey, TValue>.

This method is an O(log n) operation, where n is Count.

The following code example shows how to use the IDictionary.Contains method of the System.Collections.IDictionary interface with a SortedList<TKey, TValue>. The example demonstrates that the method returns false if a key of the wrong data type is supplied.

The code example is part of a larger example, including output, provided for the IDictionary.Add method.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class Example
    public static void Main()
        // Create a new sorted list of strings, with string keys,
        // and access it using the IDictionary interface.
        IDictionary openWith = new SortedList<string, string>();

        // Add some elements to the sorted list. There are no 
        // duplicate keys, but some of the values are duplicates.
        // IDictionary.Add throws an exception if incorrect types
        // are supplied for key or value.
        openWith.Add("txt", "notepad.exe");
        openWith.Add("bmp", "paint.exe");
        openWith.Add("dib", "paint.exe");
        openWith.Add("rtf", "wordpad.exe");
// Contains can be used to test keys before inserting 
// them.
if (!openWith.Contains("ht"))
    openWith.Add("ht", "hypertrm.exe");
    Console.WriteLine("Value added for key = \"ht\": {0}", 

// IDictionary.Contains returns false if the wrong data
// type is supplied.
Console.WriteLine("openWith.Contains(29.7) returns {0}",

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 10
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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