How to: Determine the String Associated with an Enumeration Value (Visual Basic)

The GetValues and GetNames methods allow you to determine the strings and values associated with enumeration members.

To determine the string associated with an enumeration

  • Use the GetNames method to retrieve the strings associated with the enumeration members. This example declares an enumeration, flavorEnum, then uses the GetNames method to display the strings associated with each member.

    Public Enum flavorEnum
      salty
      sweet
      sour
      bitter
    End Enum
    
    Private Sub TestMethod()
      MsgBox("The strings in the flavorEnum are:")
      Dim i As String
      For Each i In [Enum].GetNames(GetType(flavorEnum))
          MsgBox(i)
      Next
    End Sub
    

See Also

GetValues
GetNames
Enum
How to: Declare an Enumeration
How to: Refer to an Enumeration Member
Enumerations and Name Qualification
How to: Iterate Through An Enumeration in Visual Basic
When to Use an Enumeration
Enum Statement