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DrawListViewItemEventArgs.Graphics Property

Gets the Graphics used to draw the ListViewItem.

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

public Graphics Graphics { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Graphics
A Graphics used to draw the ListViewItem.

The Graphics class provides properties and methods useful for drawing on the display device.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Graphics property in an application that provides custom drawing for a ListView control. In the example, a handler for the ListView.DrawItem event draws the background for entire items. In all views except the details view, this handler also draws the foreground text. In the details view, the foreground text is drawn in the ListView.DrawSubItem event.

For the complete example, see the DrawListViewItemEventArgs overview reference topic.

// Draws the backgrounds for entire ListView items. 
private void listView1_DrawItem(object sender,
    DrawListViewItemEventArgs e)
{
    if ((e.State & ListViewItemStates.Selected) != 0)
    {
        // Draw the background and focus rectangle for a selected item.
        e.Graphics.FillRectangle(Brushes.Maroon, e.Bounds);
        e.DrawFocusRectangle();
    }
    else
    {
        // Draw the background for an unselected item. 
        using (LinearGradientBrush brush =
            new LinearGradientBrush(e.Bounds, Color.Orange,
            Color.Maroon, LinearGradientMode.Horizontal))
        {
            e.Graphics.FillRectangle(brush, e.Bounds);
        }
    }

    // Draw the item text for views other than the Details view. 
    if (listView1.View != View.Details)
    {
        e.DrawText();
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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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