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LinkLabel.VisitedLinkColor Property

Gets or sets the color used when displaying a link that that has been previously visited.

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

public Color VisitedLinkColor { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Color
A Color that represents the color used to display links that have been visited. The default color is specified by the system, typically this color is Color.Purple.

This property enables you to specify the color that is displayed for all links in the LinkLabel System.Windows.Forms that have been visited by the user.

There are a number of colors associated with a link. All links in the LinkLabel are initially displayed with the color defined in the LinkColor property. The ActiveLinkColor property enables you to specify the color of the link when it is in the process of being clicked. When a link is disabled, the DisabledLinkColor is used to display the link in a disabled state.


When setting this property, ensure that the color you are setting the property to does not conflict with the color of the control's background or the text does not display properly. For example, if the background color of the control is Color.Red and this property is set to Color.Red, the text is not shown properly when the link is displayed as a visited link.

The following example demonstrates using the LinkLabel class, with multiple LinkArea sections defined, to display a label on a form. The example demonstrates setting the AutoSize, LinkBehavior, DisabledLinkColor, LinkColor, and VisitedLinkColor properties to customize the look of the LinkLabel. The first LinkArea is specified using the LinkLabel.LinkArea property. Additional links are added to the LinkLabel using the LinkLabel.LinkCollection.Add method. The example handles the LinkClicked event by starting the Web browser for hyperlinks, and displaying a MessageBox for other links.

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

public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
    private System.Windows.Forms.LinkLabel linkLabel1;

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

    public Form1()
        // Create the LinkLabel. 
        this.linkLabel1 = new System.Windows.Forms.LinkLabel();

        // Configure the LinkLabel's size and location. Specify that the 
        // size should be automatically determined by the content. 
        this.linkLabel1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(34, 56);
        this.linkLabel1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(224, 16);
        this.linkLabel1.AutoSize = true;

        // Configure the appearance.  
        // Set the DisabledLinkColor so that a disabled link will show up against the form's background. 
        this.linkLabel1.DisabledLinkColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
        this.linkLabel1.VisitedLinkColor = System.Drawing.Color.Blue;
        this.linkLabel1.LinkBehavior = System.Windows.Forms.LinkBehavior.HoverUnderline;
        this.linkLabel1.LinkColor = System.Drawing.Color.Navy;

        this.linkLabel1.TabIndex = 0;
        this.linkLabel1.TabStop = true;

        // Add an event handler to do something when the links are clicked. 
        this.linkLabel1.LinkClicked += new System.Windows.Forms.LinkLabelLinkClickedEventHandler(this.linkLabel1_LinkClicked);

        // Identify what the first Link is. 
        this.linkLabel1.LinkArea = new System.Windows.Forms.LinkArea(0, 8);

        // Identify that the first link is visited already. 
        this.linkLabel1.Links[0].Visited = true;

        // Set the Text property to a string. 
        this.linkLabel1.Text = "Register Online.  Visit Microsoft.  Visit MSN.";

        // Create new links using the Add method of the LinkCollection class. 
        // Underline the appropriate words in the LinkLabel's Text property. 
        // The words 'Register', 'Microsoft', and 'MSN' will  
        // all be underlined and behave as hyperlinks. 

        // First check that the Text property is long enough to accommodate 
        // the desired hyperlinked areas.  If it's not, don't add hyperlinks. 
        if(this.linkLabel1.Text.Length >= 45)
            this.linkLabel1.Links[0].LinkData = "Register";
            this.linkLabel1.Links.Add(24, 9, "");
            this.linkLabel1.Links.Add(42, 3, "");
        //  The second link is disabled and will appear as red. 
            this.linkLabel1.Links[1].Enabled = false;

        // Set up how the form should be displayed and add the controls to the form. 
        this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 266);
        this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] {this.linkLabel1});
        this.Text = "Link Label Example";

    private void linkLabel1_LinkClicked(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.LinkLabelLinkClickedEventArgs e)
        // Determine which link was clicked within the LinkLabel. 
        this.linkLabel1.Links[linkLabel1.Links.IndexOf(e.Link)].Visited = true;

        // Display the appropriate link based on the value of the  
        // LinkData property of the Link object.
        string target = e.Link.LinkData as string;

        // If the value looks like a URL, navigate to it. 
        // Otherwise, display it in a message box. 
        if(null != target && target.StartsWith("www"))
            MessageBox.Show("Item clicked: " + target);

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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