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ToolStripItem.Placement Property

Gets the current layout of the item.

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

public ToolStripItemPlacement Placement { get; }

Inspect the Placement property in a LayoutCompleted event to determine whether an item was placed on the main ToolStrip, the overflow ToolStrip, or if it is not currently showing at all. The typical reasons why an item is not displayed are that the item did not fit on the main ToolStrip and its Overflow property was set to Never.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Placement property for custom rendering. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the ToolStripItem class.

// This method defines the behavior for rendering the
// background of a ToolStripItem. If the item is a
// RolloverItem, it paints the item's BackgroundImage 
// centered in the client area. If the mouse is in the 
// item's client area, a border is drawn around it.
// If the item is on a drop-down or if it is on the
// overflow, a gradient is painted in the background.
protected override void OnRenderItemBackground(
    ToolStripItemRenderEventArgs e)

    RolloverItem item = e.Item as RolloverItem;

    // If the ToolSTripItem is of type RolloverItem, 
    // perform custom rendering for the background.
    if (item != null)
        if (item.Placement == ToolStripItemPlacement.Overflow ||
            using (LinearGradientBrush b = new LinearGradientBrush(
                e.Graphics.FillRectangle(b, item.ContentRectangle);

        // The RolloverItem control only supports 
        // the ImageLayout.Center setting for the
        // BackgroundImage property.
        if (item.BackgroundImageLayout == ImageLayout.Center)
            // Get references to the item's ContentRectangle
            // and BackgroundImage, for convenience.
            Rectangle cr = item.ContentRectangle;
            Image bgi = item.BackgroundImage;

            // Compute the center of the item's ContentRectangle.
            int centerX = (cr.Width - bgi.Width) / 2;
            int centerY = (cr.Height - bgi.Height) / 2;

            // If the item is selected, draw the background
            // image as usual. Otherwise, draw it as disabled.
            if (item.Selected)
                e.Graphics.DrawImage(bgi, centerX, centerY);

        // If the item is in the rollover state, 
        // draw a border around it.
        if (item.Rollover)

.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.