FontStyles Class
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FontStyles Class


Provides a set of static predefined FontStyle values.

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


public static class FontStyles


Specifies an italic FontStyle.


Specifies a normal FontStyle.


Specifies an oblique FontStyle.

A font style refers to the slant of a font: normal, italic, and oblique.

Font style



The characters in a normal, or roman, font are upright.


The characters in an italic font are truly slanted and appear as they were designed.


The characters in an oblique font are artificially slanted

For Oblique, the slant is achieved by performing a shear transformation on the characters from a normal font. When a true italic font is not available on a computer or printer, an oblique style can be generated from the normal font and used to simulate an italic font.

The following illustration shows the normal, italic, and oblique font styles for the Palatino Linotype font. Notice how the italic font style has a more flowing and visually appealing appearance than the oblique font style, which is simply created by skewing the normal font style version of the text.

normal, italic, and oblique font styles

Example of font styles

In the following code example, Normal, Italic, and Oblique are used to define the font styles for the TextBlock objects.

.NET Framework
Available since 3.0
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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