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CheckBoxRenderer Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Provides methods used to render a check box control with or without visual styles. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in system.windows.forms.dll)

public sealed class CheckBoxRenderer
public final class CheckBoxRenderer
public final class CheckBoxRenderer

The CheckBoxRenderer class provides a set of static methods that can be used to render a check box control. Rendering a control refers to drawing the user interface of a control. To draw a check box, use one of the DrawCheckBox methods. These methods provide a variety of options, such as drawing text or an image with the check box.

If visual styles are enabled in the operating system and visual styles are applied to the current application, DrawCheckBox will draw the check box with the current visual style. Otherwise, DrawCheckBox will draw the check box with the classic Windows style. This is useful if you are drawing a custom control that should automatically match the current visual style setting of the operating system.

This class wraps the functionality of a System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.VisualStyleRenderer that is set to one of the elements exposed by the System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.VisualStyleElement.Button.CheckBox class. For more information, see Rendering Controls with Visual Styles.

Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Platform Note: Visual styles are supported only on these platforms.

The following code example demonstrates how to write a custom control that uses the DrawCheckBox method to draw a check box that responds to mouse clicks.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles;

namespace CheckBoxRendererSample
{
    class Form1 : Form
    {
        public Form1()
            : base()
        {
            CustomCheckBox CheckBox1 = new CustomCheckBox();
            Controls.Add(CheckBox1);

            if (Application.RenderWithVisualStyles)
                this.Text = "Visual Styles Enabled";
            else
                this.Text = "Visual Styles Disabled";
        }

        [STAThread]
        static void Main()
        {
            // If you do not call EnableVisualStyles below, then 
            // CheckBoxRenderer.DrawCheckBox automatically detects 
            // this and draws the check box without visual styles.
            Application.EnableVisualStyles();
            Application.Run(new Form1());
        }
    }

    public class CustomCheckBox : Control
    {
        private Rectangle textRectangleValue = new Rectangle();
        private Point clickedLocationValue = new Point();
        private bool clicked = false;
        private CheckBoxState state = CheckBoxState.UncheckedNormal;

        public CustomCheckBox()
            : base()
        {
            this.Location = new Point(50, 50);
            this.Size = new Size(100, 20);
            this.Text = "Click here";
            this.Font = SystemFonts.IconTitleFont;
        }

        // Calculate the text bounds, exluding the check box.
        public Rectangle TextRectangle
        {
            get
            {
                using (Graphics g = this.CreateGraphics())
                {
                    textRectangleValue.X = ClientRectangle.X +
                        CheckBoxRenderer.GetGlyphSize(g,
                        CheckBoxState.UncheckedNormal).Width;
                    textRectangleValue.Y = ClientRectangle.Y;
                    textRectangleValue.Width = ClientRectangle.Width -
                        CheckBoxRenderer.GetGlyphSize(g,
                        CheckBoxState.UncheckedNormal).Width;
                    textRectangleValue.Height = ClientRectangle.Height;
                }

                return textRectangleValue;
            }
        }

        // Draw the check box in the current state.
        protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)
        {
            base.OnPaint(e);

            CheckBoxRenderer.DrawCheckBox(e.Graphics,
                ClientRectangle.Location, TextRectangle, this.Text,
                this.Font, TextFormatFlags.HorizontalCenter,
                clicked, state);
        }

        // Draw the check box in the checked or unchecked state, alternately.
        protected override void OnMouseDown(MouseEventArgs e)
        {
            base.OnMouseDown(e);

            if (!clicked)
            {
                clicked = true;
                this.Text = "Clicked!";
                state = CheckBoxState.CheckedPressed;
                Invalidate();
            }
            else
            {
                clicked = false;
                this.Text = "Click here";
                state = CheckBoxState.UncheckedNormal;
                Invalidate();
            }
        }

        // Draw the check box in the hot state. 
        protected override void OnMouseHover(EventArgs e)
        {
            base.OnMouseHover(e);
            state = clicked ? CheckBoxState.CheckedHot :
                CheckBoxState.UncheckedHot;
            Invalidate();
        }

        // Draw the check box in the hot state. 
        protected override void OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs e)
        {
            base.OnMouseUp(e);
            this.OnMouseHover(e);
        }

        // Draw the check box in the unpressed state.
        protected override void OnMouseLeave(EventArgs e)
        {
            base.OnMouseLeave(e);
            state = clicked ? CheckBoxState.CheckedNormal :
                CheckBoxState.UncheckedNormal;
            Invalidate();
        }
    }
}

System.Object
  System.Windows.Forms.CheckBoxRenderer

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 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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