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ControlPaint Class

Provides methods used to paint common Windows controls and their elements.

For a list of all members of this type, see ControlPaint Members.


[Visual Basic]
NotInheritable Public Class ControlPaint
public sealed class ControlPaint
public __gc __sealed class ControlPaint
public class ControlPaint

Thread Safety

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


The methods contained in the ControlPaint class allow you to draw your own controls or elements of controls. You can control the drawing of your own controls if the UserPaint bit is set to true for the control. You can get or set the style bits by calling the Control.GetStyle or Control.SetStyle methods. You can set multiple style bits for any control. The ControlStyles enumeration members can be combined with bitwise operations.


[Visual Basic] 
Imports System
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Windows.Forms

    Public Class Form1
        Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

        Private button1 As System.Windows.Forms.Button = New Button
        Private button2 As System.Windows.Forms.Button = New Button

        <System.STAThreadAttribute()>  _
        Public Shared Sub Main()
            System.Windows.Forms.Application.Run(New Form1)
        End Sub

        Public Sub New()
            Me.button2.Location = New Point(0, button1.Height + 10)
            AddHandler Me.button2.Click, AddressOf Me.button2_Click
        End Sub

        Private Sub button2_Click(sender As Object, e As System.EventArgs)
            ' Draws a flat button on button1.
            ControlPaint.DrawButton(System.Drawing.Graphics.FromHwnd(button1.Handle), 0, 0, button1.Width, button1.Height, ButtonState.Flat)
        End Sub 'button2_Click
End Class

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form
      private Button button1 = new Button();
      private Button button2 = new Button();

    static void Main() 
        Application.Run(new Form1());

    public Form1(){
        this.button2.Location = new Point(0, button1.Height + 10);
        this.Click += new EventHandler(this.button2_Click);

    private void button2_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        // Draws a flat button on button1.

#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.dll>
#using <System.Drawing.dll>
#using <System.Windows.Forms.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Drawing;
using namespace System::Windows::Forms;

public __gc class Form1 : public Form {

    Button* button1;
    Button* button2;

    Form1() {
        button1 = new Button();
        button2 = new Button();

        this->button2->Location = Point(0, button1->Height + 10);
        this->Click += new EventHandler(this, &Form1::button2_Click);

    void button2_Click(Object* /*sender*/, System::EventArgs* /*e*/) {
        // Draws a flat button on button1.
            0, 0, button1->Width, button1->Height, ButtonState::Flat);

void main() {
    Application::Run(new Form1());

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Namespace: System.Windows.Forms

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

See Also

ControlPaint Members | System.Windows.Forms Namespace | Control | ControlStyles