This documentation is archived and is not being maintained.

ColorTranslator.ToWin32 Method

Translates the specified Color structure to a Windows color.

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

public static int ToWin32(
	Color c


Type: System.Drawing.Color
The Color structure to translate.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The Windows color value.

The following example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgs e, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code translates a Color structure to an integer that represents a Windows color, and then shows a message box with the resulting string.

public void ToWin32_Example(PaintEventArgs e)
    // Create an instance of a Color structure.
    Color myColor = Color.Red;

    // Translate myColor to an OLE color.
    int winColor = ColorTranslator.ToWin32(myColor);

    // Show a message box with the value of winColor.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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.