VisualStyleInformation Class

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

Provides information about the current visual style of the operating system.

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

public static class VisualStyleInformation
public final class VisualStyleInformation
public final class VisualStyleInformation

This class exposes static properties that provide details about the current visual style of the operating system.

Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 Platform Note: Visual styles are supported only on these platforms.

The following code example displays the values of the VisualStyleInformation properties in a ListView control.

Imports System
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Reflection
Imports System.Windows.Forms
Imports System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles

Namespace VisualStyleInformationSample

    Public Class Form1
        Inherits Form
        Private listView1 As New ListView()

        <STAThread()> _
        Shared Sub Main()
            Application.Run(New Form1())
        End Sub

        Public Sub New()
            Me.Text = "VisualStyleInformation Property Values"
            Me.AutoSize = True

            With listView1
                .Bounds = New Rectangle(New Point(10, 10), New Size(400, 300))
                .View = View.Details
                .Sorting = SortOrder.Ascending
            End With

            ' Get an array of property details for the
            ' VisualStyleInformation class.
            Dim typeInfo As Type = GetType(VisualStyleInformation)
            Dim elementProperties As PropertyInfo() = _
                typeInfo.GetProperties(BindingFlags.Static Or BindingFlags.Public)

            ' Use these variables to store the name and value of each property.
            Dim propertyName As New StringBuilder()
            Dim propertyValue As Object
            Dim prop As PropertyInfo

            For Each prop In elementProperties
                ' Get the name and value of the current property.
                propertyValue = prop.GetValue(Nothing, BindingFlags.Static, _
                    Nothing, Nothing, Nothing)
                ' Insert the property name and value into the ListView.
                Dim newItem As New ListViewItem(propertyName.ToString(), 0)
                ' Clear the property name for the next iteration.
                propertyName.Remove(0, propertyName.Length)
            Next prop

            ' Create columns for the items and subitems.
            listView1.Columns.Add("Property", -1, _
            listView1.Columns.Add("Value", -1, _
        End Sub
    End Class
End Namespace


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, 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

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