SystemInformation.MonitorsSameDisplayFormat Property


Gets a value indicating whether all the display monitors are using the same pixel color format.

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

public static bool MonitorsSameDisplayFormat { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if all monitors are using the same pixel color format; otherwise, false.

The MonitorsSameDisplayFormat indicates whether all monitors currently recognized by the operating system are using the same pixel color format.

Pixel formats define the data structure used to encode pixel color and luminosity information. The PixelFormat enumeration indicates a set of standard pixel color formats. Pixel values can be encoded in a variety of formats, with differing color value ranges and bit precisions, and differing positions of bits in a pixel data format structure.


Two displays can have the same bit depth but different color formats.


This property is supported only on Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and the Windows Server 2003 family.

The following code example lists all properties of the SystemInformation class in a ListBox and displays the current value of the property in a TextBox when a list item selected.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace SystemInfoBrowser
    public class SystemInfoBrowserForm : System.Windows.Forms.Form
        private System.Windows.Forms.ListBox listBox1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.TextBox textBox1;        

        public SystemInfoBrowserForm()

            // Add each property of the SystemInformation class to the list box.
            Type t = typeof(System.Windows.Forms.SystemInformation);            
            PropertyInfo[] pi = t.GetProperties();            
            for( int i=0; i<pi.Length; i++ )
                listBox1.Items.Add( pi[i].Name );            
            textBox1.Text = "The SystemInformation class has "+pi.Length.ToString()+" properties.\r\n";

            // Configure the list item selected handler for the list box to invoke a 
            // method that displays the value of each property.
            listBox1.SelectedIndexChanged += new EventHandler(listBox1_SelectedIndexChanged);

        private void listBox1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Return if no list item is selected.
            if( listBox1.SelectedIndex == -1 ) return;
            // Get the property name from the list item.
            string propname = listBox1.Text;

            if( propname == "PowerStatus" )
                // Cycle and display the values of each property of the PowerStatus property.
                textBox1.Text += "\r\nThe value of the PowerStatus property is:";                                
                Type t = typeof(System.Windows.Forms.PowerStatus);
                PropertyInfo[] pi = t.GetProperties();            
                for( int i=0; i<pi.Length; i++ )
                    object propval = pi[i].GetValue(SystemInformation.PowerStatus, null);            
                    textBox1.Text += "\r\n    PowerStatus."+pi[i].Name+" is: "+propval.ToString();
                // Display the value of the selected property of the SystemInformation type.
                Type t = typeof(System.Windows.Forms.SystemInformation);
                PropertyInfo[] pi = t.GetProperties();            
                PropertyInfo prop = null;
                for( int i=0; i<pi.Length; i++ )
                    if( pi[i].Name == propname )
                        prop = pi[i];
                object propval = prop.GetValue(null, null);            
                textBox1.Text += "\r\nThe value of the "+propname+" property is: "+propval.ToString();

        private void InitForm()
            // Initialize the form settings
            this.listBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.ListBox();
            this.textBox1 = new System.Windows.Forms.TextBox();            
            this.listBox1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)((((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Bottom) 
                | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Left) | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
            this.listBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(8, 16);
            this.listBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(172, 496);
            this.listBox1.TabIndex = 0;            
            this.textBox1.Anchor = ((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles)(((System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Top | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Bottom) 
                | System.Windows.Forms.AnchorStyles.Right)));
            this.textBox1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(188, 16);
            this.textBox1.Multiline = true;
            this.textBox1.ScrollBars = System.Windows.Forms.ScrollBars.Vertical;           
            this.textBox1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(420, 496);
            this.textBox1.TabIndex = 1;            
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(616, 525);            
            this.Text = "Select a SystemInformation property to get the value of";                   

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

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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