IUIAutomationExpandCollapsePattern::Collapse method

Hides all child nodes, controls, or content of the element.


HRESULT Collapse(



This method has no parameters.

Return Value


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


This is a blocking method that returns after the element has been collapsed.

There are cases when a element that is marked as a leaf node might not know whether it has children until either the IUIAutomationExpandCollapsePattern::Collapse or the IUIAutomationExpandCollapsePattern::Expand method is called. This behavior is possible with a tree view control that does delayed loading of its child items. For example, Microsoft Windows Explorer might display the expand icon for a node even though there are currently no child items; when the icon is clicked, the control polls for child items, finds none, and removes the expand icon. In these cases clients should listen for a property-changed event on the IUIAutomationExpandCollapsePattern::CurrentExpandCollapseState property.


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]
Target Platform Windows
Header uiautomationclient.h (include UIAutomation.h)

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