Control.DrawToBitmap Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Supports rendering to the specified bitmap.

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

public void DrawToBitmap (
	Bitmap bitmap,
	Rectangle targetBounds
public void DrawToBitmap (
	Bitmap bitmap, 
	Rectangle targetBounds
public function DrawToBitmap (
	bitmap : Bitmap, 
	targetBounds : Rectangle



The bitmap to be drawn to.


The bounds within which the control is rendered.

The DrawToBitmap method is not supported for ActiveX controls. You can override the OnPrint event and provide custom printing logic if required.

The DrawToBitmap method has the following limitations:

  • An ArgumentException might be thrown for large bitmaps. The maximum allowable size varies by machine.

  • DrawToBitmap does not support the Ink controls for the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 operating system.

  • DrawToBitmap does not draw a child TextBox if the Visible property of the TextBox is set to false.

  • Controls inside containers are rendered in reverse order.

  • DrawToBitmap is not fully functional for the RichTextBox; only the border of a bitmap is drawn.

Windows 98, Windows 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0