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ImageList Class

Provides methods to manage a collection of Image objects. This class cannot be inherited.

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

public sealed class ImageList : Component

The ImageList type exposes the following members.

Public methodImageList()Initializes a new instance of the ImageList class with default values for ColorDepth, ImageSize, and TransparentColor.
Public methodImageList(IContainer)Initializes a new instance of the ImageList class, associating it with a container.

Protected propertyCanRaiseEventsGets a value indicating whether the component can raise an event. (Inherited from Component.)
Public propertyColorDepthGets the color depth of the image list.
Public propertyContainerGets the IContainer that contains the Component. (Inherited from Component.)
Protected propertyDesignModeGets a value that indicates whether the Component is currently in design mode. (Inherited from Component.)
Protected propertyEventsGets the list of event handlers that are attached to this Component. (Inherited from Component.)
Public propertyHandleGets the handle of the image list object.
Public propertyHandleCreatedGets a value indicating whether the underlying Win32 handle has been created.
Public propertyImagesGets the ImageList.ImageCollection for this image list.
Public propertyImageSizeGets or sets the size of the images in the image list.
Public propertyImageStreamGets the ImageListStreamer associated with this image list.
Public propertySiteGets or sets the ISite of the Component. (Inherited from Component.)
Public propertyTagGets or sets an object that contains additional data about the ImageList.
Public propertyTransparentColorGets or sets the color to treat as transparent.

Public methodCreateObjRefCreates an object that contains all the relevant information required to generate a proxy used to communicate with a remote object. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Public methodDispose()Releases all resources used by the Component. (Inherited from Component.)
Protected methodDispose(Boolean)Releases the unmanaged resources used by the Component and optionally releases the managed resources. (Inherited from Component.)
Public methodDraw(Graphics, Point, Int32)Draws the image indicated by the specified index on the specified Graphics at the given location.
Public methodDraw(Graphics, Int32, Int32, Int32)Draws the image indicated by the given index on the specified Graphics at the specified location.
Public methodDraw(Graphics, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32)Draws the image indicated by the given index on the specified Graphics using the specified location and size.
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizeReleases unmanaged resources and performs other cleanup operations before the Component is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Component.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetLifetimeServiceRetrieves the current lifetime service object that controls the lifetime policy for this instance. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Protected methodGetServiceReturns an object that represents a service provided by the Component or by its Container. (Inherited from Component.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodInitializeLifetimeServiceObtains a lifetime service object to control the lifetime policy for this instance. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Protected methodMemberwiseClone()Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseClone(Boolean)Creates a shallow copy of the current MarshalByRefObject object. (Inherited from MarshalByRefObject.)
Public methodToStringInfrastructure. Returns a string that represents the current ImageList. (Overrides Component.ToString().)

Public eventDisposedOccurs when the component is disposed by a call to the Dispose method. (Inherited from Component.)
Public eventRecreateHandleOccurs when the Handle is recreated.

ImageList is typically used by other controls, such as the ListView, TreeView, or ToolBar. You can add bitmaps or icons to the ImageList, and the other controls are able to use the images as they require.

ImageList uses a handle to manage the list of images. The Handle is not created until certain operations, such as getting the Handle or calling Draw, are performed on the image list. Performing other operations, such as setting the ColorDepth or ImageSize will cause the Handle to be recreated. Therefore, you should perform these operations before you add images to the ImageList. In addition, when you work with forms that will be localized, you should always add an ImageList and images when the Language property of a form is set to Default. Changing the form's language before you add images will corrupt the application resource files.

The following code example shows how to select, remove, and display images.

namespace myImageRotator
	using System;
	using System.Drawing;
	using System.ComponentModel;
	using System.Windows.Forms;

	public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
		private System.ComponentModel.IContainer components;
		private System.Windows.Forms.ListBox listBox1;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Label label3;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Button button1;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Button button2;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Button button3;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Button button4;
		private System.Windows.Forms.PictureBox pictureBox1;
		private System.Windows.Forms.ImageList imageList1;
		private System.Windows.Forms.OpenFileDialog openFileDialog1;
		protected Graphics myGraphics;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Panel panel1;
		private System.Windows.Forms.Label label5;
		private int currentImage = 0;

		public Form1()
			imageList1 = new ImageList () ;

			// The default image size is 16 x 16, which sets up a larger
			// image size. 
			imageList1.ImageSize = new Size(255,255);
			imageList1.TransparentColor = Color.White;

			// Assigns the graphics object to use in the draw options.
			myGraphics = Graphics.FromHwnd(panel1.Handle);

        private void InitializeComponent()
            this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
            this.listBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListBox();
            this.label3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.button1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.button4 = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
            this.pictureBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.PictureBox();
            this.imageList1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ImageList(this.components);
            this.openFileDialog1 = new System.Windows.Forms.OpenFileDialog();
            this.panel1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Panel();
            this.label5 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();

            this.listBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 16);
            this.listBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(400, 95);
            this.listBox1.TabIndex = 0;

            this.label3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 168);
            this.label3.Text = "label3";

            this.button1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(96, 128);
            this.button1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(104, 23);
            this.button1.Text = "Show Next Image";
            this.button1.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button1_Click);

            this.button2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(208, 128);
            this.button2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(104, 23);
            this.button2.Text = "Remove Image";
            this.button2.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button2_Click);

            this.button3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(320, 128);
            this.button3.Text = "Clear List";
            this.button3.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button3_Click);

            this.button4.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 128);
            this.button4.Text = "Open Image";
            this.button4.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.button4_Click);

            this.pictureBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(328, 232);
            this.pictureBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(336, 192);

            this.imageList1.ImageSize = new System.Drawing.Size(16, 16);
            this.imageList1.TransparentColor = System.Drawing.Color.Transparent;

            this.panel1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 240);
            this.panel1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(296, 184);

            this.label5.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(168, 168);
            this.label5.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(312, 40);
            this.label5.Text = "label5";

            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(672, 461);

        // Display the image.
        private void button1_Click (object sender, System.EventArgs e)
			if(imageList1.Images.Empty != true)
				if(imageList1.Images.Count-1 > currentImage)

                // Draw the image in the panel.

                // Show the image in the PictureBox.
				pictureBox1.Image = imageList1.Images[currentImage];
				label3.Text = "Current image is " + currentImage ;
				listBox1.SelectedIndex = currentImage;
				label5.Text = "Image is " + listBox1.Text ;

        // Remove the image.
		private void button2_Click (object sender, System.EventArgs e)

        // Clear all images.
		private void button3_Click (object sender, System.EventArgs e)

        // Find an image.
		private void button4_Click (object sender, System.EventArgs e)
			openFileDialog1.Multiselect = true ;
			if(openFileDialog1.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)
				if (openFileDialog1.FileNames != null)
					for(int i =0 ; i < openFileDialog1.FileNames.Length ; i++ )


		private void addImage(string imageToLoad)
			if (imageToLoad != "")
        public static void Main(string[] args) 
			Application.Run(new Form1());

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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