NullReferenceException Unhandled when trying to use ConfigurationManager

I'm trying to write a windows application that can retrieve a persistant setting I want to store in a setting file.  I believe I want to use configurationmanager.  When I run it I'm receiving the following

System.NullReferenceException was unhandled
  Message="Object reference not set to an instance of an object."
  Source="retrieveProperties"
  StackTrace:
       at retrieveProperties.DALText.GetProperties() in C:\TroyTemp\retrieveProperties\retrieveProperties\DALText.vb:line 20
       at retrieveProperties.Module1.Main() in C:\TroyTemp\retrieveProperties\retrieveProperties\Module1.vb:line 7
       at System.AppDomain._nExecuteAssembly(Assembly assembly, String[] args)
       at System.AppDomain.ExecuteAssembly(String assemblyFile, Evidence assemblySecurity, String[] args)
       at Microsoft.VisualStudio.HostingProcess.HostProc.RunUsersAssembly()
       at System.Threading.ThreadHelper.ThreadStart_Context(Object state)
       at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
       at System.Threading.ThreadHelper.ThreadStart()


This is my first time and I'm likely doing something very simple wrong.
Imports System.Configuration
Public Class DALText
    Public Function GetProperties() As ArrayList
        Dim sSourceFile As String
        sSourceFile = System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings("SourceFile").ToString
 
    End Function
End Class
 
     ''Here is the contents of my app.config file
 
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<configuration>
    <configSections>
        <sectionGroup name="userSettings" type="System.Configuration.UserSettingsGroup, System, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" >
            <section name="retrieveProperties.PropertiesSettings" type="System.Configuration.ClientSettingsSection, System, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" allowExeDefinition="MachineToLocalUser" requirePermission="false" />
        </sectionGroup>
    </configSections>
    <system.diagnostics>
        <sources>
            <!-- This section defines the logging configuration for My.Application.Log -->
            <source name="DefaultSource" switchName="DefaultSwitch">
                <listeners>
                    <add name="FileLog"/>
                    <!-- Uncomment the below section to write to the Application Event Log -->
                    <!--<add name="EventLog"/>-->
                </listeners>
            </source>
        </sources>
        <switches>
            <add name="DefaultSwitch" value="Information" />
        </switches>
        <sharedListeners>
            <add name="FileLog"
                 type="Microsoft.VisualBasic.Logging.FileLogTraceListener, Microsoft.VisualBasic, Version=8.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a, processorArchitecture=MSIL"
                 initializeData="FileLogWriter"/>
            <!-- Uncomment the below section and replace APPLICATION_NAME with the name of your application to write to the Application Event Log -->
            <!--<add name="EventLog" type="System.Diagnostics.EventLogTraceListener" initializeData="APPLICATION_NAME"/> -->
        </sharedListeners>
    </system.diagnostics>
    <userSettings>
        <retrieveProperties.PropertiesSettings>
            <setting name="SourceFile" serializeAs="String">
                <value>"C:\TroyTemp\RawProperties.txt"</value>
            </setting>
        </retrieveProperties.PropertiesSettings>
    </userSettings>
</configuration>

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bminetwork2277Asked:
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SameerJagdaleCommented:
have you tried my code..it works for me.
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SameerJagdaleCommented:
check this out:
 

--XML file
<userSettings>
    <WindowsApplication3.My.MySettings>
      
      <setting name="SourceFile" serializeAs="String">
        <value>"C:\TroyTemp\RawProperties.txt"</value>
      </setting>
    </WindowsApplication3.My.MySettings>
  </userSettings>
 
-- vb.net code
 
 Dim sett As My.MySettings
        sett = WindowsApplication3.My.Settings
        Dim sSourceFile As String
        sSourceFile = sett("SourceFile")

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bminetwork2277Author Commented:
I am now getting
System.Configuration.SettingsPropertyNotFoundException was unhandled
  Message="The settings property 'SourceFile' was not found."
My Code is as follows

        Dim sett As My.MySettings
        sett = retrieveProperties.My.Settings
        Dim sSourceFile As String
        sSourceFile = sett("SourceFile")

My XML is as follows

      <userSettings>
            <retrieveProperties.My.MySettings>
                  <setting name="SourceFile" serializeAs="String">
                        <value>"C:\TroyTemp\RawProperties.txt"</value>
                  </setting>
            </retrieveProperties.My.MySettings>
      </userSettings>
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