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ToolStripItem.ImageKey Property

Gets or sets the key accessor for the image in the ImageList that is displayed on a ToolStripItem.

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

[LocalizableAttribute(true)] 
[TypeConverterAttribute(typeof(ImageKeyConverter))] 
public string ImageKey { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_ImageKey ()

/** @property */
public void set_ImageKey (String value)

public function get ImageKey () : String

public function set ImageKey (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

A string representing the key of the image.

The ImageIndex property specifies the position of the image in the image list. The ImageKey property specifies the image itself.

The Image, ImageAlign, ImageIndex, ImageKey, and ImageScaling properties pertain to various aspects of image handling. Use images in ToolStrip controls by setting these properties directly or by setting the run-time–only ImageList property.

Image scaling is determined by the interaction of properties in both ToolStrip and ToolStripItem, as follows:

  • ImageScalingSize is the scale of the final image as determined by the combination of the image's ImageScaling setting and the container's AutoSize setting.

    • If AutoSize is true (the default) and ToolStripItemImageScaling is SizeToFit, no image scaling occurs, and the ToolStrip size is that of the largest item, or a prescribed minimum size.

    • If AutoSize is false and ToolStripItemImageScaling is None, neither image nor ToolStrip scaling occurs.

The following code example demonstrates how to set the ImageKey property. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the ToolStripItem class.

// This utility method creates a RolloverItem 
// and adds it to a ToolStrip control.
private RolloverItem CreateRolloverItem(
    ToolStrip owningToolStrip,
    string txt,
    Font f,
    string imgKey,
    TextImageRelation tir,
    string backImgKey)
{
    RolloverItem item = new RolloverItem();

    item.Alignment = ToolStripItemAlignment.Left;
    item.AllowDrop = false;
    item.AutoSize = true;

    item.BackgroundImage = owningToolStrip.ImageList.Images[backImgKey];
    item.BackgroundImageLayout = ImageLayout.Center;
    item.DisplayStyle = ToolStripItemDisplayStyle.ImageAndText;
    item.DoubleClickEnabled = true;
    item.Enabled = true;
    item.Font = f;

    // These assignments are equivalent. Each assigns an
    // image from the owning toolstrip's image list.
    item.ImageKey = imgKey;
    //item.Image = owningToolStrip.ImageList.Images[infoIconKey];
    //item.ImageIndex = owningToolStrip.ImageList.Images.IndexOfKey(infoIconKey);
    item.ImageScaling = ToolStripItemImageScaling.None;

    item.Owner = owningToolStrip;
    item.Padding = new Padding(2);
    item.Text = txt;
    item.TextAlign = ContentAlignment.MiddleLeft;
    item.TextDirection = ToolStripTextDirection.Horizontal;
    item.TextImageRelation = tir;

    return item;
}

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

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