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Dictionary<TKey, TValue>.ICollection<KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>>.CopyTo Method

Copies the elements of the ICollection<T> to an array of type KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>, starting at the specified array index.

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

void ICollection<KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>>.CopyTo(
	KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>[] array,
	int index


Type: System.Collections.Generic.KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>[]

The one-dimensional array of type KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue> that is the destination of the KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue> elements copied from the ICollection<T>. The array must have zero-based indexing.

Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index in array at which copying begins.


ICollection<T>.CopyTo(T[], Int32)


array is null.


index is less than 0.


The number of elements in the source ICollection<T> is greater than the available space from index to the end of the destination array.

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

The following example shows how to use the ICollection<KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>>.Add, ICollection<KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>>.Contains, ICollection<KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>>.CopyTo, and ICollection<KeyValuePair<TKey, TValue>>.Remove methods of the System.Collections.Generic.ICollection<T> generic interface to manipulate a Dictionary<TKey, TValue> object.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class Example
    public static void Main()
        // Create a new dictionary of strings, with string keys, and 
        // access it through the generic ICollection interface. The 
        // generic ICollection interface views the dictionary as a 
        // collection of KeyValuePair objects with the same type 
        // arguments as the dictionary. 
        ICollection<KeyValuePair<String, String>> openWith =
            new Dictionary<String, String>();

        // Add some elements to the dictionary. When elements are  
        // added through the ICollection<T> interface, the keys 
        // and values must be wrapped in KeyValuePair objects. 
        openWith.Add(new KeyValuePair<String,String>("txt", "notepad.exe"));
        openWith.Add(new KeyValuePair<String,String>("bmp", "paint.exe"));
        openWith.Add(new KeyValuePair<String,String>("dib", "paint.exe"));
        openWith.Add(new KeyValuePair<String,String>("rtf", "wordpad.exe"));

        foreach( KeyValuePair<string, string> element in openWith )
            Console.WriteLine("{0}, {1}", element.Key, element.Value);

        // The Contains method also takes a KeyValuePair object. 
            "\nContains(KeyValuePair(\"txt\", \"notepad.exe\")): {0}", 
            openWith.Contains(new KeyValuePair<String,String>("txt", "notepad.exe")));

        // The Remove method takes a KeyValuePair object.) 
        // Use the Remove method to remove a key/value pair.
        Console.WriteLine("\nRemove(new KeyValuePair(\"dib\", \"paint.exe\"))");
        openWith.Remove(new KeyValuePair<String,String>("dib", "paint.exe"));

        foreach( KeyValuePair<string, string> element in openWith )
            Console.WriteLine("{0}, {1}", element.Key, element.Value);

        // Create an array of KeyValuePair objects and copy the  
        // contents of the dictionary to it.  
        KeyValuePair<string, string>[] copy = 
            new KeyValuePair<string, string>[openWith.Count];
        openWith.CopyTo(copy, 0);

        // List the contents of the array. 
        foreach( KeyValuePair<string, string> element in copy )
            Console.WriteLine("{0}, {1}", element.Key, element.Value);

/* This code example produces the following output:

txt, notepad.exe
bmp, paint.exe
dib, paint.exe
rtf, wordpad.exe

Contains(KeyValuePair("txt", "notepad.exe")): True

Remove(new KeyValuePair("dib", "paint.exe"))

txt, notepad.exe
bmp, paint.exe
rtf, wordpad.exe

txt, notepad.exe
bmp, paint.exe
rtf, wordpad.exe

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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