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DirectorySearcher Constructor (String, String[], SearchScope)


Initializes a new instance of the DirectorySearcher class with the specified search filter, properties to retrieve, and search scope.

Namespace:   System.DirectoryServices
Assembly:  System.DirectoryServices (in System.DirectoryServices.dll)

public DirectorySearcher(
	string filter,
	string[] propertiesToLoad,
	SearchScope scope


Type: System.String

The search filter string in Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) format. The Filter property is initialized to this value.

Type: System.String[]

The set of properties to retrieve during the search. The PropertiesToLoad property is initialized to this value.

Type: System.DirectoryServices.SearchScope

The scope of the search that is observed by the server. The SearchScope property is initialized to this value.

The following table shows the initial property values of the DirectorySearcher object.


Initial value


A null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic)


.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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