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Graphics.DrawRectangle Method (Pen, Single, Single, Single, Single)

Draws a rectangle specified by a coordinate pair, a width, and a height.

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public void DrawRectangle(
	Pen pen,
	float x,
	float y,
	float width,
	float height


Type: System.Drawing.Pen
A Pen that determines the color, width, and style of the rectangle.
Type: System.Single
The x-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the rectangle to draw.
Type: System.Single
The y-coordinate of the upper-left corner of the rectangle to draw.
Type: System.Single
The width of the rectangle to draw.
Type: System.Single
The height of the rectangle to draw.


pen is null.

For information about how to draw a RectangleF, see DrawRectangles(Pen, RectangleF[]).

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgs e, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code performs the following actions:

  • Creates a black pen.

  • Creates the position and size of a rectangle.

  • Draws the rectangle to the screen.

public void DrawRectangleFloat(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Create pen.
    Pen blackPen = new Pen(Color.Black, 3);

    // Create location and size of rectangle.
    float x = 0.0F;
    float y = 0.0F;
    float width = 200.0F;
    float height = 200.0F;

    // Draw rectangle to screen.
    e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(blackPen, x, y, width, height);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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.