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ColorConverter Class

Converts colors from one data type to another. Access this class through the TypeDescriptor.

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

public class ColorConverter : TypeConverter

When converting from a string to a Color the ColorConverter expects the unqualified color name; otherwise, an exception will occur in the conversion process. For example, you should pass "Blue", not "System.Drawing.Color.Blue" or "Color.Blue", to the ConvertFrom method.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the ConvertToString method. This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. Paste this code into a form and call the ShowColorConverter method when handling the form's Paint event, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void ShowColorConverter(PaintEventArgs e)

    Color myColor = Color.PaleVioletRed;

    // Create the ColorConverter.
    System.ComponentModel.TypeConverter converter = 

    string colorAsString = converter.ConvertToString(Color.PaleVioletRed);
    e.Graphics.DrawString(colorAsString, this.Font,
        Brushes.PaleVioletRed, 50.0F, 50.0F);

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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