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ToolStripItem.Alignment Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the item aligns towards the beginning or end of the ToolStrip.

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

public ToolStripItemAlignment Alignment { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItemAlignment
One of the ToolStripItemAlignment values. The default is Left.


The value assigned is not one of the ToolStripItemAlignment values.

In a stack overflow layout, use the Alignment property along with the ToolStripItem.RightToLeft property to control the end to which items are aligned in a ToolStrip, or to determine the end to which they are already aligned.

If the ToolStripItem.RightToLeft property is No, items marked as Left are aligned to the left side of the ToolStrip and items marked Right are aligned to the right.

If the ToolStripItem.RightToLeft property is Yes, items marked as Left are aligned to the right side of the ToolStrip and items marked Right are aligned to the left.


In flow and table layouts, the Alignment property is ignored. In flow or table layout, use the Dock or Anchor property to align the items within the row or table cell.

The following code example demonstrates how to set the Alignment property. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the ToolStripItem class.

// This utility method creates a RolloverItem 
// and adds it to a ToolStrip control.
private RolloverItem CreateRolloverItem(
    ToolStrip owningToolStrip,
    string txt,
    Font f,
    string imgKey,
    TextImageRelation tir,
    string backImgKey)
    RolloverItem item = new RolloverItem();

    item.Alignment = ToolStripItemAlignment.Left;
    item.AllowDrop = false;
    item.AutoSize = true;

    item.BackgroundImage = owningToolStrip.ImageList.Images[backImgKey];
    item.BackgroundImageLayout = ImageLayout.Center;
    item.DisplayStyle = ToolStripItemDisplayStyle.ImageAndText;
    item.DoubleClickEnabled = true;
    item.Enabled = true;
    item.Font = f;

    // These assignments are equivalent. Each assigns an
    // image from the owning toolstrip's image list.
    item.ImageKey = imgKey;
    //item.Image = owningToolStrip.ImageList.Images[infoIconKey];
    //item.ImageIndex = owningToolStrip.ImageList.Images.IndexOfKey(infoIconKey);
    item.ImageScaling = ToolStripItemImageScaling.None;

    item.Owner = owningToolStrip;
    item.Padding = new Padding(2);
    item.Text = txt;
    item.TextAlign = ContentAlignment.MiddleLeft;
    item.TextDirection = ToolStripTextDirection.Horizontal;
    item.TextImageRelation = tir;

    return item;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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.