Font.FromHfont Method (IntPtr)


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Creates a Font from the specified Windows handle.

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

public static Font FromHfont(
	IntPtr hfont


Type: System.IntPtr

A Windows handle to a GDI font.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Font

The Font this method creates.

Exception Condition

hfont points to an object that is not a TrueType font.

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

  • Gets a handle to a GDI font.

  • Creates a Font from that handle.

  • Draws text to the screen, using the new Font.

private static extern IntPtr GetStockObject(int fnObject);
public void FromHfont_Example(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Get a handle for a GDI font.
    IntPtr hFont = GetStockObject(0);

    // Create a Font object from hFont.
    Font hfontFont = Font.FromHfont(hFont);

    // Use hfontFont to draw text to the screen.
        "This font is from a GDI HFONT", hfontFont,Brushes.Black, 
        0, 0);



for access to unmanaged code. Related enumeration: UnmanagedCode

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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