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ColorConverter Class

Converts colors from one data type to another. Access this class through the TypeDescriptor.

Namespace: System.Drawing
Assembly: System.Drawing (in system.drawing.dll)

public class ColorConverter : TypeConverter
public class ColorConverter extends TypeConverter
public class ColorConverter extends TypeConverter
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When converting from a string to a Color the ColorConverter expects the unqualified color name; otherwise, an exception will occur in the conversion process. For example, you should pass "Blue", not "System.Drawing.Color.Blue" or "Color.Blue", to the ConvertFrom method.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the ConvertToString method. This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. Paste this code into a form and call the ShowColorConverter method when handling the form's Paint event, passing e as PaintEventArgs.


private void ShowColorConverter(PaintEventArgs e)
{

    Color myColor = Color.PaleVioletRed;

    // Create the ColorConverter.
    System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter converter = 
        System.ComponentModel.TypeDescriptor.GetConverter(myColor);

    string colorAsString = converter.ConvertToString(Color.PaleVioletRed);
    e.Graphics.DrawString(colorAsString, this.Font,
        Brushes.PaleVioletRed, 50.0F, 50.0F);
}

private void ShowColorConverter(PaintEventArgs e)
{
    Color myColor = Color.get_PaleVioletRed();

    // Create the ColorConverter.
    System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter converter = 
        System.ComponentModel.TypeDescriptor.GetConverter(myColor);
    String colorAsString = converter.ConvertToString(
        Color.get_PaleVioletRed());

    e.get_Graphics().DrawString(colorAsString, this.get_Font(), 
        Brushes.get_PaleVioletRed(), 50, 50);
} //ShowColorConverter

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0
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