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Graphics.DrawString Method (String, Font, Brush, RectangleF)

Draws the specified text string in the specified rectangle with the specified Brush and Font objects.

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public void DrawString(
	string s,
	Font font,
	Brush brush,
	RectangleF layoutRectangle


Type: System.String

String to draw.

Type: System.Drawing.Font

Font that defines the text format of the string.

Type: System.Drawing.Brush

Brush that determines the color and texture of the drawn text.

Type: System.Drawing.RectangleF

RectangleF structure that specifies the location of the drawn text.


brush is null.


s is null.

The text represented by the s parameter is drawn inside the rectangle represented by the layoutRectangle parameter. If the text does not fit inside the rectangle, it is truncated at the nearest word. To further manipulate how the string is drawn inside the rectangle use the DrawString overload that takes a StringFormat.

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgs e, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code performs the following actions:

  • Creates a text string to draw.

  • Defines the font as Arial (16pt).

  • Creates a solid, black brush to draw with.

  • Creates a rectangle in which to draw the text.

  • Draws the rectangle to the screen.

  • Draws the string to the screen using the font, brush, and destination rectangle.

public void DrawStringRectangleF(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Create string to draw.
    String drawString = "Sample Text";

    // Create font and brush.
    Font drawFont = new Font("Arial", 16);
    SolidBrush drawBrush = new SolidBrush(Color.Black);

    // Create rectangle for drawing. 
    float x = 150.0F;
    float y = 150.0F;
    float width = 200.0F;
    float height = 50.0F;
    RectangleF drawRect = new RectangleF(x, y, width, height);

    // Draw rectangle to screen.
    Pen blackPen = new Pen(Color.Black);
    e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(blackPen, x, y, width, height);

    // Draw string to screen.
    e.Graphics.DrawString(drawString, drawFont, drawBrush, drawRect);

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0