DrawMode Enumeration
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DrawMode Enumeration


Specifies how the elements of a control are drawn.

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

public enum DrawMode

Member nameDescription

All the elements in a control are drawn by the operating system and are of the same size.


All the elements in the control are drawn manually and are of the same size.


All the elements in the control are drawn manually and can differ in size.

This enumeration is used by members such as DrawMode in the ListBox, CheckedListBox, and ComboBox classes.

You can override the drawing of some controls or certain elements. This enumeration is used to specify if a control is drawn by the operating system or if your own code handles the drawing of the control.


The CheckedListBox class only supports DrawMode.Normal; owner draw modes are ignored.

For more information about using the DrawMode enumeration, see the MeasureItem and DrawItem events, and the ItemHeight property.

Legacy Code Example

The following example demonstrates how to create owner-drawn ListBox items. The code uses the DrawMode property to specify that the items drawn are fixed sized and the DrawItem event to perform the drawing of each item into the ListBox. The example code uses the properties and methods of the DrawItemEventArgs class passed as a parameter to the event handler to draw the items. This example assumes that a ListBox control called listBox1 has been added to a form and that the DrawItem event is handled by the event handler defined in the example code. The example also assumes that items have been added to the ListBox with the text of "Apple", "Orange", and "Plum" in that order.

private ListBox ListBox1 = new ListBox();
private void InitializeListBox()
    ListBox1.Items.AddRange(new Object[] 
        { "Red Item", "Orange Item", "Purple Item" });
    ListBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(81, 69);
    ListBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(120, 95);
    ListBox1.DrawMode = DrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed;
    ListBox1.DrawItem += new DrawItemEventHandler(ListBox1_DrawItem);

private void ListBox1_DrawItem(object sender, 
    System.Windows.Forms.DrawItemEventArgs e)
    // Draw the background of the ListBox control for each item.
    // Define the default color of the brush as black.
    Brush myBrush = Brushes.Black;

    // Determine the color of the brush to draw each item based 
    // on the index of the item to draw.
    switch (e.Index)
        case 0:
            myBrush = Brushes.Red;
        case 1:
            myBrush = Brushes.Orange;
        case 2:
            myBrush = Brushes.Purple;

    // Draw the current item text based on the current Font 
    // and the custom brush settings.
        e.Font, myBrush, e.Bounds, StringFormat.GenericDefault);
    // If the ListBox has focus, draw a focus rectangle around the selected item.

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