StringFormat.Alignment Property


Gets or sets horizontal alignment of the string.

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

public StringAlignment Alignment { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.StringAlignment

A StringAlignment enumeration that specifies the horizontal alignment of the string.

Use LineAlignment to specify the vertical alignment of the string.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the LineAlignment and Alignment properties and the StringAlignment enumeration to align strings. This example is designed to be used with Windows Forms. Paste the code into a form and call the ShowLineAndAlignment method when handling the form's Paint event, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void ShowLineAndAlignment(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Construct a new Rectangle .
    Rectangle  displayRectangle = 
        new Rectangle (new Point(40, 40), new Size (80, 80));

    // Construct 2 new StringFormat objects
    StringFormat format1 = new StringFormat(StringFormatFlags.NoClip);
    StringFormat format2 = new StringFormat(format1);

    // Set the LineAlignment and Alignment properties for
    // both StringFormat objects to different values.
    format1.LineAlignment = StringAlignment.Near;
    format1.Alignment = StringAlignment.Center;
    format2.LineAlignment = StringAlignment.Center;
    format2.Alignment = StringAlignment.Far;

    // Draw the bounding rectangle and a string for each
    // StringFormat object.
    e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(Pens.Black, displayRectangle);
    e.Graphics.DrawString("Showing Format1", this.Font, 
        Brushes.Red, (RectangleF)displayRectangle, format1);
    e.Graphics.DrawString("Showing Format2", this.Font, 
        Brushes.Red, (RectangleF)displayRectangle, format2);

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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