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Font.FromHfont Method

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.


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 PaintEventArgs e, 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);


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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