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FontFamily.GetName Method

Returns the name, in the specified language, of this FontFamily.

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

public string GetName(
	int language


Type: System.Int32

The language in which the name is returned.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String that represents the name, in the specified language, of this FontFamily.

To indicate language neutral, you should specify 0 for the language parameter. For a listing of the available languages and sublanguages, see the Winnt.h header file. If you have Visual Studio installed, this header file can typically be found relative to the Visual Studio installation directory at \\VC\PlatformSDK\Include.

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:

  • Creates a FontFamily.

  • Gets the name of the font family.

  • Draws the name of the font family to the screen as text.

public void GetName_Example(PaintEventArgs e)
    // Create a FontFamily object.
    FontFamily myFontFamily = new FontFamily("Arial");

    // Get the name of myFontFamily.
    string familyName = myFontFamily.GetName(0);

    // Draw the name of the myFontFamily to the screen as a string.
        "The family name is " + familyName,
        new Font(myFontFamily, 16),
        new PointF(0, 0));

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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