Node.Clone method

Creates a duplicate of the node.

public Node Clone(bool isCloneChildren)
Parameter Type Description
isCloneChildren Boolean True to recursively clone the subtree under the specified node; false to clone only the node itself.

Return Value

The cloned node.


This method serves as a copy constructor for nodes. The cloned node has no parent, but belongs to the same document as the original node.

This method always performs a deep copy of the node. The isCloneChildren parameter specifies whether to perform copy all child nodes as well.


Shows how to clone a composite node.

Document doc = new Document();
Paragraph para = doc.FirstSection.Body.FirstParagraph;
para.AppendChild(new Run(doc, "Hello world!"));

// Below are two ways of cloning a composite node.
// 1 -  Create a clone of a node, and create a clone of each of its child nodes as well.
Node cloneWithChildren = para.Clone(true);

Assert.AreEqual("Hello world!", cloneWithChildren.GetText().Trim());

// 2 -  Create a clone of a node just by itself without any children.
Node cloneWithoutChildren = para.Clone(false);

Assert.AreEqual(string.Empty, cloneWithoutChildren.GetText().Trim());

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