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ToolStripRenderEventArgs.ToolStrip Property

Gets the ToolStrip to be painted.

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

public ToolStrip ToolStrip { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip
The ToolStrip to be painted.

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.

.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.