CompositeNodeSelectNodes Method
Selects a list of nodes matching the XPath expression.

Namespace: Aspose.Words
Assembly: Aspose.Words (in Aspose.Words.dll) Version: 19.9
public NodeList SelectNodes(
	string xpath


Type: SystemString
The XPath expression.

Return Value

Type: NodeList
A list of nodes matching the XPath query.

Only expressions with element names are supported at the moment. Expressions that use attribute names are not supported.

Shows how to select certain nodes by using an XPath expression.

Document doc = new Document(MyDir + "Table.Document.doc");

// This expression will extract all paragraph nodes which are descendants of any table node in the document.
// This will return any paragraphs which are in a table.
NodeList nodeList = doc.SelectNodes("//Table//Paragraph");

// This expression will select any paragraphs that are direct children of any body node in the document.
nodeList = doc.SelectNodes("//Body/Paragraph");

// Use SelectSingleNode to select the first result of the same expression as above.
Node node = doc.SelectSingleNode("//Body/Paragraph");
Shows how to test if a node is inside a field by using an XPath expression.

// Let's pick a document we know has some fields in.
Document doc = new Document(MyDir + "MailMerge.MergeImage.doc");

// Let's say we want to check if the Run below is inside a field.
Run run = (Run) doc.GetChild(NodeType.Run, 5, true);

// Evaluate the XPath expression. The resulting NodeList will contain all nodes found inside a field a field (between FieldStart 
// and FieldEnd exclusive). There can however be FieldStart and FieldEnd nodes in the list if there are nested fields 
// in the path. Currently does not find rare fields in which the FieldCode or FieldResult spans across multiple paragraphs.
NodeList resultList =

// Check if the specified run is one of the nodes that are inside the field.
foreach (Node node in resultList)
    if (node == run)
        Console.WriteLine("The node is found inside a field");
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