CompositeNode.GetChild method

Returns an Nth child node that matches the specified type.

public Node GetChild(NodeType nodeType, int index, bool isDeep)
Parameter Type Description
nodeType NodeType Specifies the type of the child node.
index Int32 Zero based index of the child node to select. Negative indexes are also allowed and indicate access from the end, that is -1 means the last node.
isDeep Boolean True to select from all child nodes recursively. False to select only among immediate children. See remarks for more info.

Return Value

The child node that matches the criteria or null if no matching node is found.


If index is out of range, a null is returned.

Note that markup nodes (StructuredDocumentTag and SmartTag) are traversed even when isDeep = false and GetChild is invoked for non-markup node type. For example if the first run in a para is wrapped in a StructuredDocumentTag, it will still be returned by GetChild(NodeType.Run, 0, false).


Shows how to apply the properties of a table’s style directly to the table’s elements.

Document doc = new Document();
DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);

Table table = builder.StartTable();
builder.Write("Hello world!");

TableStyle tableStyle = (TableStyle)doc.Styles.Add(StyleType.Table, "MyTableStyle1");
tableStyle.RowStripe = 3;
tableStyle.CellSpacing = 5;
tableStyle.Shading.BackgroundPatternColor = Color.AntiqueWhite;
tableStyle.Borders.Color = Color.Blue;
tableStyle.Borders.LineStyle = LineStyle.DotDash;

table.Style = tableStyle;

// This method concerns table style properties such as the ones we set above.

doc.Save(ArtifactsDir + "Document.TableStyleToDirectFormatting.docx");

Shows how to traverse through a composite node’s collection of child nodes.

Document doc = new Document();

// Add two runs and one shape as child nodes to the first paragraph of this document.
Paragraph paragraph = (Paragraph)doc.GetChild(NodeType.Paragraph, 0, true);
paragraph.AppendChild(new Run(doc, "Hello world! "));

Shape shape = new Shape(doc, ShapeType.Rectangle);
shape.Width = 200;
shape.Height = 200;
// Note that the 'CustomNodeId' is not saved to an output file and exists only during the node lifetime.
shape.CustomNodeId = 100;
shape.WrapType = WrapType.Inline;

paragraph.AppendChild(new Run(doc, "Hello again!"));

// Iterate through the paragraph's collection of immediate children,
// and print any runs or shapes that we find within.
NodeCollection children = paragraph.ChildNodes;

Assert.AreEqual(3, paragraph.ChildNodes.Count);

foreach (Node child in children)
    switch (child.NodeType)
        case NodeType.Run:
            Console.WriteLine("Run contents:");
        case NodeType.Shape:
            Shape childShape = (Shape)child;
            Console.WriteLine($"\t{childShape.ShapeType}, {childShape.Width}x{childShape.Height}");

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