IUIAutomationTreeWalker::GetParentElement method (uiautomationclient.h)

Retrieves the parent element of the specified UI Automation element.


HRESULT GetParentElement(
  [in]          IUIAutomationElement *element,
  [out, retval] IUIAutomationElement **parent


[in] element

Type: IUIAutomationElement*

A pointer to the element for which to retrieve the parent.

[out, retval] parent

Type: IUIAutomationElement**

Receives a pointer to the parent element, or NULL if there is no parent element.

Return value


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


The structure of the Microsoft UI Automation tree changes as the visible UI elements on the desktop change. It is not guaranteed that an element returned as the parent element will be returned as the parent on subsequent passes.


Requirement Value
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)