Enumerations Overview

Enumerations provide a convenient way to work with sets of related constants and to associate constant values with names. For example, you can declare an enumeration for a set of integer constants associated with the days of the week, and then use the names of the days rather than their integer values in your code.

Tasks involving Enumerations

The following table lists common tasks involving enumerations.

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Find a pre-defined enumeration

Enumerations Declared by Visual Basic

Declare an enumeration

How to: Declare Enumerations

Fully qualify an enumeration's name

Enumerations and Name Qualification

Refer to an enumeration member

How to: Refer to an Enumeration Member

Iterate through an enumeration

How to: Iterate Through An Enumeration in Visual Basic

Determine the string associated with an enumeration

How to: Determine the String Associated with an Enumeration Value

Decide when to use an enumeration

When to Use an Enumeration

See Also


How to: Declare A Constant


Constants Overview

User-Defined Constants

Constant and Literal Data Types

Intrinsic Constants and Enumerations


Enum Statement (Visual Basic)