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

 

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

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,
	TextFormatFlags flags
)

Parameters

dc
Type: System.Drawing.IDeviceContext

The device context in which to draw the text.

text
Type: System.String

The text to draw.

font
Type: System.Drawing.Font

The Font to apply to the drawn text.

bounds
Type: System.Drawing.Rectangle

The Rectangle that represents the bounds of the text.

foreColor
Type: System.Drawing.Color

The Color to apply to the drawn text.

flags
Type: System.Windows.Forms.TextFormatFlags

A bitwise combination of the TextFormatFlags values.

Exception Condition
ArgumentNullException

dc is null.

If font or color 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.

You can manipulate how the text is drawn by using one of the DrawText overloads that takes a TextFormatFlags parameter. For example, the default behavior of the TextRenderer is to add padding to the bounding rectangle of the drawn text to accommodate overhanging glyphs. If you need to draw a line of text without these extra spaces you should use the versions of DrawText and MeasureText that take a Size and TextFormatFlags parameter. For an example, see MeasureText(IDeviceContext, String, Font, Size, TextFormatFlags).

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 TextRenderer does not support adding tab stops to drawn text, although you can expand existing tab stops using the ExpandTabs flag.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the DrawText method. To run this example, paste the code into a Windows Form and call RenderText6 from the form's Paint event handler, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void RenderText6(PaintEventArgs e)
{
    TextFormatFlags flags = TextFormatFlags.Bottom | TextFormatFlags.EndEllipsis;
    TextRenderer.DrawText(e.Graphics, "This is some text that will be clipped at the end.", this.Font,
        new Rectangle(10, 10, 100, 50), SystemColors.ControlText, flags);
}

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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