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TextRenderer.DrawText Method (IDeviceContext, String, Font, Rectangle, Color, Color)

Draws the specified text within the specified bounds using the specified device context, font, color, and back color.

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

public static void DrawText(
	IDeviceContext dc,
	string text,
	Font font,
	Rectangle bounds,
	Color foreColor,
	Color backColor


Type: System.Drawing.IDeviceContext
The device context in which to draw the text.
Type: System.String
The text to draw.
Type: System.Drawing.Font
The Font to apply to the drawn text.
Type: System.Drawing.Rectangle
The Rectangle that represents the bounds of the text.
Type: System.Drawing.Color
The Color to apply to the drawn text.
Type: System.Drawing.Color
The Color to apply to the area represented by bounds.


dc is null.

The backColor parameter is applied to the area within the bounds parameter. If font, backcolor or forecolor is null or Empty, respectively; the DrawText method will draw the text in the font or color currently selected in the device context specified by dc. If forecolor is Transparent, the text will not be drawn.

This method will result in text that is horizontally and vertically centered in the rectangle specified by the bounds parameter. To change how the text is drawn, use a version of DrawText that takes a TextFormatFlags parameter type.

The text rendering offered by the TextRenderer class is based on GDI text rendering and is not supported for printing from Windows Forms. Instead, use the DrawString methods of the Graphics class.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the DrawText method. To run this example, paste the code into a Windows Form and call RenderText4 from the form's Paint event handler, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void RenderText4(PaintEventArgs e)
    TextRenderer.DrawText(e.Graphics, "Regular Text.", this.Font,
        new Rectangle(10, 10, 70, 70), SystemColors.ControlText, 

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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