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Control.Font Property

Gets or sets the font of the text displayed by the control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public virtual Font Font { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Font
The Font to apply to the text displayed by the control. The default is the value of the DefaultFont property.

The Font property is an ambient property. An ambient property is a control property that, if not set, is retrieved from the parent control. For example, a Button will have the same BackColor as its parent Form by default. For more information about ambient properties, see the AmbientProperties class or the Control class overview.

Because the Font is immutable (meaning that you cannot adjust any of its properties), you can only assign the Font property a new Font. However, you can base the new font on the existing font.

[Visual Basic, C#]

The following is an example of how to adjust the existing font to make it bold:

myControl.Font = new Font(myControl.Font, 
    myControl.Font.Style | FontStyle.Bold);

Notes to Inheritors

When overriding the Font property in a derived class, use the base class's Font property to extend the base implementation. Otherwise, you must provide all the implementation. You are not required to override both the get and set accessors of the Font property; you can override only one if needed.

The following code example displays a FontDialog to the user and changes the Font of a DateTimePicker control. This example requires that you have a Form with Button and a DateTimePicker on it.


private void myButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
   FontDialog myFontDialog = new FontDialog();
   if(myFontDialog.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)
   {
      // Set the control's font.
      myDateTimePicker.Font = myFontDialog.Font;
   }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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