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DrawMode Enumeration

Specifies how the elements of a control are drawn.

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

public enum DrawMode
public enum DrawMode
public enum DrawMode

 Member nameDescription
NormalAll the elements in a control are drawn by the operating system and are of the same size. 
OwnerDrawFixedAll the elements in the control are drawn manually and are of the same size. 
OwnerDrawVariableAll the elements in the control are drawn manually and can differ in size. 

This enumeration is used by members such as DrawMode in the ListBox, CheckedListBox, and ComboBox classes.

You can override the drawing of some controls or certain elements. This enumeration is used to specify if a control is drawn by the operating system or if your own code handles the drawing of the control.

NoteNote:

The CheckedListBox class only supports DrawMode.Normal; owner draw modes are ignored.

For more information about using the DrawMode enumeration, see the MeasureItem and DrawItem events, and the ItemHeight property.

The following example demonstrates how to create owner-drawn ListBox items. The code uses the DrawMode property to specify that the items drawn are fixed sized and the DrawItem event to perform the drawing of each item into the ListBox. The example code uses the properties and methods of the DrawItemEventArgs class passed as a parameter to the event handler to draw the items. This example assumes that a ListBox control called listBox1 has been added to a form and that the DrawItem event is handled by the event handler defined in the example code. The example also assumes that items have been added to the ListBox with the text of "Apple", "Orange", and "Plum" in that order.

private void listBox1_DrawItem(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.DrawItemEventArgs e)
{
   // Set the DrawMode property to draw fixed sized items.
   listBox1.DrawMode = DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed;
   // Draw the background of the ListBox control for each item.
   e.DrawBackground();
   // Define the default color of the brush as black.
   Brush myBrush = Brushes.Black;

   // Determine the color of the brush to draw each item based on the index of the item to draw.
   switch (e.Index)
   {
      case 0:
         myBrush = Brushes.Red;
         break;
      case 1:
         myBrush = Brushes.Orange;
         break;
      case 2:
         myBrush = Brushes.Purple;
         break;
   }

   // Draw the current item text based on the current Font and the custom brush settings.
   e.Graphics.DrawString(listBox1.Items[e.Index].ToString(), e.Font, myBrush,e.Bounds,StringFormat.GenericDefault);
   // If the ListBox has focus, draw a focus rectangle around the selected item.
   e.DrawFocusRectangle();
}

private void listBox1_DrawItem(Object sender,
    System.Windows.Forms.DrawItemEventArgs e)
{
    // Set the DrawMode property to draw fixed sized items.
    listBox1.set_DrawMode(DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed);
    // Draw the background of the ListBox control for each item.
    e.DrawBackground();
    // Create a new Brush and initialize to a Black colored brush
    // by default.
    Brush myBrush = Brushes.get_Black();
    // Determine the color of the brush to draw each item based on the
    // index of the item to draw.
    switch (e.get_Index()) {
        case 0 :
            myBrush = Brushes.get_Red();
            break;
        case 1 :
            myBrush = Brushes.get_Orange();
            break;
        case 2 :
            myBrush = Brushes.get_Purple();
            break;
    }

    // Draw the current item text based on the current Font and the custom
    // brush settings.
    e.get_Graphics().DrawString(System.Convert.ToString(listBox1.
        get_Items().get_Item(e.get_Index())), e.get_Font(), myBrush,
        RectangleF.op_Implicit(e.get_Bounds()), StringFormat.
        get_GenericDefault());
    // If the ListBox has focus, draw a focus rectangle around the selected
    // item.
    e.DrawFocusRectangle();
} //listBox1_DrawItem

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, 1.1, 1.0

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