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Graphics.FromHwnd Method

Creates a new Graphics from the specified handle to a window.

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

public static Graphics FromHwnd (
	IntPtr hwnd
)
public static Graphics FromHwnd (
	IntPtr hwnd
)
public static function FromHwnd (
	hwnd : IntPtr
) : Graphics
Not applicable.

Parameters

hwnd

Handle to a window.

Return Value

This method returns a new Graphics for the specified window handle.

You should always call the Dispose method to release the Graphics and related resources created by the FromHwnd method.

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgse, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler, as well as thisForm, the Form for the example. The code performs the following actions:

  • Creates a new internal pointer variable hwnd and sets it to the handle of the example's form.

  • Creates a new Graphics from the handle.

  • Draws a rectangle to the new Graphics using a red pen.

  • Disposes the new Graphics.

private void FromHwndHwnd(PaintEventArgs e)
{

    // Get handle to form.
    IntPtr hwnd = this.Handle;

    // Create new graphics object using handle to window.
    Graphics newGraphics = Graphics.FromHwnd(hwnd);

    // Draw rectangle to screen.
    newGraphics.DrawRectangle(new Pen(Color.Red, 3), 0, 0, 200, 100);

    // Dispose of new graphics.
    newGraphics.Dispose();
}

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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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