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ToolStrip.Anchor Property

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

Gets or sets the edges of the container to which a ToolStrip is bound and determines how a ToolStrip is resized with its parent.

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

public override AnchorStyles Anchor { get; set; }
/** @property */
public AnchorStyles get_Anchor ()

/** @property */
public void set_Anchor (AnchorStyles value)

public override function get Anchor () : AnchorStyles

public override function set Anchor (value : AnchorStyles)

Property Value

One of the AnchorStyles values.

Use the Anchor property to define how a ToolStrip is automatically resized as its parent control is resized. Anchoring a control to its parent control ensures that the anchored edges remain in the same position relative to the edges of the parent control when the parent control is resized.


The Anchor and Dock properties are mutually exclusive. Only one can be set at a time, and the last one set takes precedence.

The following code example demonstrates the syntax for setting common ToolStrip properties, including the Anchor property.

// This is an example of some common ToolStrip property settings.
toolStrip1.AllowDrop = false;
toolStrip1.AllowItemReorder = true;
toolStrip1.AllowMerge = false;
toolStrip1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)(((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left)
            | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
toolStrip1.AutoSize = false;
toolStrip1.CanOverflow = false;
toolStrip1.Cursor = System.Windows.Forms.Cursors.Cross;
toolStrip1.DefaultDropDownDirection = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripDropDownDirection.BelowRight;
toolStrip1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.None;
toolStrip1.GripMargin = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(3);
toolStrip1.Items.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem[] {
toolStrip1.ImageScalingSize = new System.Drawing.Size(20, 20);
toolStrip1.LayoutStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripLayoutStyle.HorizontalStackWithOverflow;
toolStrip1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(0, 0);
toolStrip1.Margin = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(1);
toolStrip1.Name = "toolStrip1";
toolStrip1.Padding = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(0, 0, 2, 0);
toolStrip1.RenderMode = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripRenderMode.System;
toolStrip1.ShowItemToolTips = false;
toolStrip1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(109, 273);
toolStrip1.Stretch = true;
toolStrip1.TabIndex = 0;
toolStrip1.TabStop = true;
toolStrip1.Text = "toolStrip1";
toolStrip1.TextDirection = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripTextDirection.Vertical90;

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