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ListBox.DrawMode Property

Gets or sets the drawing mode for the control.

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

abstract DrawMode : DrawMode with get, set 
override DrawMode : DrawMode with get, set

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.DrawMode
One of the DrawMode values representing the mode for drawing the items of the control. The default is DrawMode.Normal.


The value assigned to the property is not a member of the DrawMode enumeration.


A multicolumn ListBox cannot have a variable-sized height.

The following code 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 requires 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 requires that items have been added to the ListBox with the text of "Apple", "Orange", and "Plum" in that order.

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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