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Path::Data Property

Gets or sets a Geometry that specifies the shape to be drawn.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Shapes
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation, http://schemas.microsoft.com/netfx/2007/xaml/presentation

property Geometry^ Data {
	Geometry^ get ();
	void set (Geometry^ value);
<object Data="moveAndDrawCommands"/>

XAML Values


A single object element that derives from Geometry. This can be one of the following:


One or more move and draw commands. For the complete syntax, see Path Markup Syntax.

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Media::Geometry
A description of the shape to be drawn.

Identifier field


Metadata properties set to true

AffectsRender, AffectsMeasure

To draw simple shapes, use the EllipseGeometry, LineGeometry, and RectangleGeometry objects. To draw curves, arcs, or complex shapes, use the PathGeometry object. To create a composite geometry, use a GeometryGroup. To combine geometries, use a CombinedGeometry.

The following example shows how to create a Path element and set the Data property by using code.

//Add the Path Element
myPath = gcnew Path();
myPath->Stroke = Brushes::Black;
myPath->Fill = Brushes::MediumSlateBlue;
myPath->StrokeThickness = 4;
myPath->HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment::Left;
myPath->VerticalAlignment = VerticalAlignment::Center;
EllipseGeometry^ myEllipseGeometry = gcnew EllipseGeometry();
myEllipseGeometry->Center = Point(50, 50);
myEllipseGeometry->RadiusX = 25;
myEllipseGeometry->RadiusY = 25;
myPath->Data = myEllipseGeometry;

More Code

How to: Create a Composite Shape This example shows how to create composite shapes using Geometry objects and display them using a Path element. In the following example, a LineGeometry, EllipseGeometry, and a RectangleGeometry are used with a GeometryGroup to create a composite shape. The geometries are then drawn using a Path element.
How to: Create a Shape by Using a PathGeometryThis example shows how to create a shape using the PathGeometry class. PathGeometry objects are composed of one or more PathFigure objects; each PathFigure represents a different "figure" or shape. Each PathFigure is itself composed of one or more PathSegment objects, each representing a connected portion of the figure or shape. Segment types include LineSegment, ArcSegment, and BezierSegment.
How to: Animate an EllipseGeometryThis example shows how to animate a Geometry within a Path element. In the following example, a PointAnimation is used to animate the Center of an EllipseGeometry.
How to: Create a LineSegment in a PathGeometryThis example shows how to create a line segment. To create a line segment, use the PathGeometry, PathFigure, and LineSegment classes.
How to: Create an Elliptical ArcThis example shows how to draw an elliptical arc. To create an elliptical arc, use the PathGeometry, PathFigure, and ArcSegment classes.
How to: Create a Cubic Bezier CurveThis example shows how to create a cubic Bezier curve. To create a cubic Bezier curve, use the PathGeometry, PathFigure, and BezierSegment classes. To display the resulting geometry, use a Path element, or use it with a GeometryDrawing or a DrawingContext. In the following examples, a cubic Bezier curve is drawn from (10, 100) to (300, 100). The curve has control points of (100, 0) and (200, 200).
How to: Create a Quadratic Bezier Curve This example shows how to create a quadratic Bezier curve. To create a quadratic Bezier curve, use the PathGeometry, PathFigure, and QuadraticBezierSegment classes.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.

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