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DrawTreeNodeEventArgs.Node Property

Gets the TreeNode to draw.

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

public TreeNode Node { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.TreeNode
The TreeNode to draw.

Use this property to access the TreeNode object to draw. This is useful when the State property does not provide adequate information to meet your needs. The State property provides only basic state information that you can use, for example, to determine whether a node is selected, checked, or focused. The Node property, on the other hand, allows you to access all members of the TreeNode object. You must access the node directly, for example, when you want to determine its expansion state.

The following code example demonstrates how to customize a TreeView control using owner drawing. The TreeView control in the example displays optional node tags alongside the standard node labels. Node tags are specified using the TreeNode.Tag property. The TreeView control also uses custom colors, including a custom highlight color.

You can customize most of the TreeView colors by setting color properties, but the selection highlight color is not available as a property. Additionally, the default selection highlight rectangle extends only around a node label. Owner drawing must be used to draw the node tags and to draw a customized highlight rectangle large enough to include a node tag.

In the example, a handler for the TreeView.DrawNode event draws the node tags and the custom selection highlight manually. Unselected nodes do not need customization. For these, the DrawDefault property is set to true so that they will be drawn by the operating system.

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


// Draws a node.
private void myTreeView_DrawNode(
    object sender, DrawTreeNodeEventArgs e)
{
    // Draw the background and node text for a selected node.
    if ((e.State & TreeNodeStates.Selected) != 0)
    {
        // Draw the background of the selected node. The NodeBounds
        // method makes the highlight rectangle large enough to
        // include the text of a node tag, if one is present.
        e.Graphics.FillRectangle(Brushes.Green, NodeBounds(e.Node));

        // Retrieve the node font. If the node font has not been set,
        // use the TreeView font.
        Font nodeFont = e.Node.NodeFont;
        if (nodeFont == null) nodeFont = ((TreeView)sender).Font;

        // Draw the node text.
        e.Graphics.DrawString(e.Node.Text, nodeFont, Brushes.White,
            Rectangle.Inflate(e.Bounds, 2, 0));
    }

    // Use the default background and node text.
    else 
    {
        e.DrawDefault = true;
    }

    // If a node tag is present, draw its string representation 
    // to the right of the label text.
    if (e.Node.Tag != null)
    {
        e.Graphics.DrawString(e.Node.Tag.ToString(), tagFont,
            Brushes.Yellow, e.Bounds.Right + 2, e.Bounds.Top);
    }

    // If the node has focus, draw the focus rectangle large, making
    // it large enough to include the text of the node tag, if present.
    if ((e.State & TreeNodeStates.Focused) != 0)
    {
        using (Pen focusPen = new Pen(Color.Black))
        {
            focusPen.DashStyle = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.DashStyle.Dot;
            Rectangle focusBounds = NodeBounds(e.Node);
            focusBounds.Size = new Size(focusBounds.Width - 1, 
            focusBounds.Height - 1);
            e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(focusPen, focusBounds);
        }
    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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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