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UIElement.Visibility Property


Gets or sets the visibility of a UIElement. A UIElement that is not visible is not rendered and does not communicate its desired size to layout.

 property Visibility Visibility { Visibility get(); void set(Visibility value); };
Visibility Visibility();

void Visibility(Visibility value);
public Visibility Visibility { get; set; }
var visibility = uIElement.visibility;
uIElement.visibility = visibility;
Public Property Visibility As Visibility
<uiElement Visibility="Visible"/>
<uiElement Visibility="Collapsed"/>

Property Value

A value of the enumeration. The default value is Visible.


Visibility in a visual state As part of defining visual states for a control, you will sometimes want to change the Visibility state of an object to Collapsed. Visual states rely on animations. The property value type of Visibility is Visibility, an enumeration. To animate values that are enumerations, you must use a DiscreteObjectKeyFrame. (You also use this technique for Boolean values). This XAML example shows a visual state that uses DiscreteObjectKeyFrame to change visibility.

<VisualState x:Name="Focused">
    <ObjectAnimationUsingKeyFrames Storyboard.TargetName="FocusVisualElement" Storyboard.TargetProperty="Visibility" Duration="0">
      <DiscreteObjectKeyFrame KeyTime="0" Value="Visible"/>


A UI element that has Visibility equals Collapsed is still loaded along with the rest of the XAML on a page and exists in the runtime object tree.

An element that has Visibility equals Collapsed has no location in the UI and does not participate in input or hit testing. They are also not in a tab sequence and cannot be focused, not even programmatically. If you still want input, focus or hit testing, rather than set Visibility use a zero Opacity.


A common scenario in apps that use data from a data source is to identify a property of the data or the view model for the data that controls whether the data should display. A related scenario is writing a template that can alter the Visibility of a control part based on a Boolean property of the parent control or of another part. To make it easier to define this behavior as part of a Binding, some of the default project templates include a BooleanToVisibilityConverter helper class in the Common folder. For more info on how to use a value converter for a data binding, see IValueConverter.

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