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DashStyle Enumeration

Updated: October 2008

Specifies the style of dashed lines drawn with a Pen object.

Namespace:  System.Drawing.Drawing2D
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public enum DashStyle

Member nameDescription
Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkSolidSpecifies a solid line.
Supported by the .NET Compact FrameworkDashSpecifies a line consisting of dashes.
DotSpecifies a line consisting of dots.
DashDotSpecifies a line consisting of a repeating pattern of dash-dot.
DashDotDotSpecifies a line consisting of a repeating pattern of dash-dot-dot.
CustomSpecifies a user-defined custom dash style.

To define a custom DashStyle, set the DashPattern property of the Pen.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a pen and set its DashStyle property using the DashStyle enumeration.

This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. Create a form that contains a Button named Button3. Paste the code into the form and associate the Button3_Click method with the button's Click event.

private void Button3_Click(System.Object sender, System.EventArgs e)

    Graphics buttonGraphics = Button3.CreateGraphics();
    Pen myPen = new Pen(Color.ForestGreen, 4.0F);
    myPen.DashStyle = System.Drawing.Drawing2D.DashStyle.DashDotDot;

    Rectangle theRectangle = Button3.ClientRectangle;
    theRectangle.Inflate(-2, -2);
    buttonGraphics.DrawRectangle(myPen, theRectangle);

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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0




October 2008

Added information about defining a custom DashStyle.

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