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Bitmap::GetHbitmap Method

Creates a GDI bitmap object from this Bitmap.

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

[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction::LinkDemand, Flags = SecurityPermissionFlag::UnmanagedCode)]
IntPtr GetHbitmap()

Return Value

Type: System::IntPtr
A handle to the GDI bitmap object that this method creates.


The height or width of the bitmap is greater than MaxValue.


The operation failed.

You are responsible for calling the GDI DeleteObject method to free the memory used by the GDI bitmap object.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the GetHbitmap method.

   static bool DeleteObject( IntPtr hObject );

   void DemonstrateGetHbitmap()
      Bitmap^ bm = gcnew Bitmap( "Picture.jpg" );
      IntPtr hBitmap = bm->GetHbitmap();

      // Do something with hBitmap.
      DeleteObject( hBitmap );

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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