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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.

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