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MeasureItemEventArgs Class

Provides data for the MeasureItem event of the ListBox, ComboBox, CheckedListBox, and MenuItem controls.

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

public class MeasureItemEventArgs : EventArgs

This event is sent when the OwnerDraw property of ListBox, ComboBox, CheckedListBox, or MenuItem is set to true. It is used to tell the drawing function how to size an item.

For information about the event model, see Events and Delegates.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Graphics property to perform custom drawing of the items in a ListBox.

   public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
      private System.Windows.Forms.ListBox listBox1;
      private System.ComponentModel.Container components = null;

      protected override void Dispose(bool disposing)
         if( disposing )
            if ( components != null ) 

            if ( foreColorBrush != null )

		#region Windows Form Designer generated code
      /// <summary> 
      /// Required method for Designer support - do not modify 
      /// the contents of this method with the code editor. 
      /// </summary> 
      private void InitializeComponent()
         this.listBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListBox();
         // listBox1 
         this.listBox1.DrawMode = System.Windows.Forms.DrawMode.OwnerDrawVariable;
         this.listBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(16, 48);
         this.listBox1.Name = "listBox1";
         this.listBox1.SelectionMode = System.Windows.Forms.SelectionMode.MultiExtended;
         this.listBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(256, 134);
         this.listBox1.TabIndex = 0;
         this.listBox1.MeasureItem += new System.Windows.Forms.MeasureItemEventHandler(this.listBox1_MeasureItem);
         this.listBox1.DrawItem += new System.Windows.Forms.DrawItemEventHandler(this.listBox1_DrawItem);
         // Form1 
         this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 273);
         this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] {
         this.Name = "Form1";
         this.Text = "Form1";


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

      private void listBox1_MeasureItem(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.MeasureItemEventArgs e)
         Font font = ((ListBoxFontItem)listBox1.Items[e.Index]).Font;
         SizeF stringSize = e.Graphics.MeasureString(font.Name, font);

         // Set the height and width of the item
         e.ItemHeight = (int)stringSize.Height;
         e.ItemWidth = (int)stringSize.Width;

      // For efficiency, cache the brush to use for drawing. 
      private SolidBrush foreColorBrush;

      private void listBox1_DrawItem(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.DrawItemEventArgs e)
         Brush brush;

         // Create the brush using the ForeColor specified by the DrawItemEventArgs 
         if ( foreColorBrush == null )
            foreColorBrush = new SolidBrush(e.ForeColor);
         else if ( foreColorBrush.Color != e.ForeColor )
            // The control's ForeColor has changed, so dispose of the cached brush and 
            // create a new one.
            foreColorBrush = new SolidBrush(e.ForeColor);

         // Select the appropriate brush depending on if the item is selected. 
         // Since State can be a combinateion (bit-flag) of enum values, you can't use 
         // "==" to compare them.
         if ( (e.State & DrawItemState.Selected) == DrawItemState.Selected )
            brush = SystemBrushes.HighlightText;
            brush = foreColorBrush;

         // Perform the painting.
         Font font = ((ListBoxFontItem)listBox1.Items[e.Index]).Font;
         e.Graphics.DrawString(font.Name, font, brush, e.Bounds);

      /// <summary> 
      ///  A wrapper class for use with storing Fonts in a ListBox.  Since ListBox uses the 
      ///  ToString() of its items for the text it displays, this class is needed to return 
      ///  the name of the font, rather than its ToString() value. 
      /// </summary> 
      public class ListBoxFontItem 
         public Font Font;

         public ListBoxFontItem(Font f) 
            Font = f;

         public override string ToString() 
            return Font.Name;


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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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