IUIAutomationTreeWalker::GetPreviousSiblingElement method

Retrieves the previous sibling element of the specified UI Automation element, and caches properties and control patterns.


HRESULT GetPreviousSiblingElement(
  [in]          IUIAutomationElement *element,
  [out, retval] IUIAutomationElement **previous


element [in]

Type: IUIAutomationElement*

A pointer to the element for which to retrieve the previous sibling.

previous [out, retval]

Type: IUIAutomationElement**

Receives a pointer to the previous sibling element, or NULL if there is no sibling element.

Return value


If this method succeeds, it returns S_OK. Otherwise, it returns an HRESULT error code.


An element can have additional sibling elements that do not match the current view condition and thus are not returned when navigating the element tree.

The structure of the Microsoft UI Automation tree changes as the visible UI elements on the desktop change. It is not guaranteed that an element returned as the previous sibling element will be returned as the previous sibling on subsequent passes.


Minimum supported client

Windows 7, Windows Vista with SP2 and Platform Update for Windows Vista, Windows XP with SP3 and Platform Update for Windows Vista [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 with SP2 and Platform Update for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 with SP2 and Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 [desktop apps only]


UIAutomationClient.h (include UIAutomation.h)