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ToolStripRenderer.OnRenderToolStripBackground Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Raises the RenderToolStripBackground event.

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

protected virtual void OnRenderToolStripBackground (
	ToolStripRenderEventArgs e
protected void OnRenderToolStripBackground (
	ToolStripRenderEventArgs e
protected function OnRenderToolStripBackground (
	e : ToolStripRenderEventArgs



A ToolStripRenderEventArgs that contains the event data.

Raising an event invokes the event handler through a delegate. For more information, see Raising an Event.

The OnRenderToolStripBackground method also allows derived classes to handle the event without attaching a delegate. This is the preferred technique for handling the event in a derived class.

Notes to Inheritors When overriding OnRenderToolStripBackground in a derived class, be sure to call the base class's OnRenderToolStripBackground method so that registered delegates receive the event.

The following code example demonstrates how to override the OnRenderToolStripBackground method to paint a gradient in the background of a ToolStrip control. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the ToolStripRenderer class.

// This method renders the GridStrip control's background.
protected override void OnRenderToolStripBackground(
    ToolStripRenderEventArgs e)

    // This late initialization is a workaround. The gradient
    // depends on the bounds of the GridStrip control. The bounds 
    // are dependent on the layout engine, which hasn't fully
    // performed layout by the time the Initialize method runs.
    if (this.backgroundBrush == null)
        this.backgroundBrush = new LinearGradientBrush(

    // Paint the GridStrip control's background.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0