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Font.FromHfont Method

Creates a Font from the specified Windows handle.

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

public static Font FromHfont(
	IntPtr hfont


Type: System.IntPtr
A Windows handle to a GDI font.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Font
The Font this method creates.


hfont points to an object that is not a TrueType font.

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgs e, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code performs the following actions:

  • Gets a handle to a GDI font.

  • Creates a Font from that handle.

  • Draws text to the screen, using the new Font.

private static extern IntPtr GetStockObject(int fnObject);
public void FromHfont_Example(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Get a handle for a GDI font.
    IntPtr hFont = GetStockObject(0);

    // Create a Font object from hFont.
    Font hfontFont = Font.FromHfont(hFont);

    // Use hfontFont to draw text to the screen.
        "This font is from a GDI HFONT", hfontFont,Brushes.Black, 
        0, 0);


.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.