FontStyles Class
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FontStyles Class

Provides a set of static predefined FontStyle values.

Namespace: System.Windows
Assembly: PresentationCore (in presentationcore.dll)
XML Namespace:

public static class FontStyles
public final class FontStyles
public final class FontStyles
You cannot use this managed class in XAML.

A font style refers to the slant of a font: normal, italic, and oblique.

Font style



The characters in a normal, or roman, font are upright.


The characters in an italic font are truly slanted and appear as they were designed.


The characters in an oblique font are artificially slanted. The slant is achieved by performing a shear transformation on the characters from a normal font. When a true italic font is not available on a computer or printer, an oblique style can be generated from the normal font and used to simulate an italic font.

The following illustration shows the normal, italic, and oblique font styles for the Palatino Linotype font. Notice how the italic font style has a more flowing and visually appealing appearance than the oblique font style, which is simply created by skewing the normal font style version of the text.

Example of font styles

Text displayed with different font styles

In the following code example, Normal, Italic, and Oblique are used to define the font styles for the TextBlock objects.

<TextBlock FontStyle="Normal">Normal font style</TextBlock>
<TextBlock FontStyle="Italic">Italic font style</TextBlock>
<TextBlock FontStyle="Oblique">Oblique font style</TextBlock>


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

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The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

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Supported in: 3.0

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