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Graphics.CopyFromScreen Method (Point, Point, Size)

Performs a bit-block transfer of color data, corresponding to a rectangle of pixels, from the screen to the drawing surface of the Graphics.

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

public void CopyFromScreen(
	Point upperLeftSource,
	Point upperLeftDestination,
	Size blockRegionSize


Type: System.Drawing.Point
The point at the upper-left corner of the source rectangle.
Type: System.Drawing.Point
The point at the upper-left corner of the destination rectangle.
Type: System.Drawing.Size
The size of the area to be transferred.


The operation failed.

The CopyFromScreen methods are useful for layering one image on top of another. To specify how the source and destination colors are blended, use one of the CopyFromScreen methods that takes a CopyPixelOperation parameter.

The following example demonstrates how to use the CopyFromScreen method. To run this example, paste it into a Windows Form. Handle the form’s Paint event and call the CopyPixels1 method from the Paint event-handling method, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void CopyPixels1(PaintEventArgs e)
        new Point(40, 40), new Size(100, 100));

.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.