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SystemBrushes Class

Each property of the SystemBrushes class is a SolidBrush that is the color of a Windows display element.

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

public sealed class SystemBrushes

The following code example shows how to set a keyboard shortcut using the HotkeyPrefix property. It also demonstrates how to use the FromSystemColor method. To run this example, paste the code into a form, handle the form's Paint event and call the following method, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void ShowHotKey(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Declare the string with a keyboard shortcut.
    string text = "&Click Here";

    // Declare a new StringFormat.
    StringFormat format = new StringFormat();

    // Set the HotkeyPrefix property.
    format.HotkeyPrefix = System.Drawing.Text.HotkeyPrefix.Show;

    // Draw the string.
    Brush theBrush = 

    e.Graphics.DrawString(text, this.Font, theBrush, 30, 40, format);


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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