FindName Method

FrameworkContentElement.FindName Method

Finds an element that has the provided identifier name.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public Object FindName(
	string name
You cannot use methods in XAML.


Type: System.String

Name of the element to search for.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The requested element. May be null if no matching element was found.

If this element has child elements, these child elements are all searched recursively for the requested named element.

The following example sets a property on an element found by name within a referenced FlowDocument on a page.

void HighlightParagraph(string paraName)
        Paragraph wantedNode = (Paragraph)myflowdocument.FindName(paraName);
        if (wantedNode != null)
            wantedNode.Background = Brushes.LightYellow;
    catch { }//handle paragraph not found in UI }

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0

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