How to: Load a Picture Using the Designer (Windows Forms)

With the Windows Forms PictureBox control, you can load and display a picture on a form at design time by setting the Image property to a valid picture. The following table shows the acceptable file types.

Type File name extension
Bitmap .bmp
Icon .ico
GIF .gif
Metafile .wmf
JPEG .jpg


The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Customizing Development Settings in Visual Studio.

To display a picture at design time

  1. Draw a PictureBox control on a form.

  2. On the Properties window, select the Image property, then click the ellipsis button to display the Open dialog box.

  3. If you are looking for a specific file type (for example, .gif files), select it in the Files of type box.

  4. Select the file you want to display.

To clear the picture at design time

  1. On the Properties window, select the Image property and right-click the small thumbnail image that appears to the left of the name of the image object. Choose Reset.

See Also

PictureBox Control Overview
How to: Modify the Size or Placement of a Picture at Run Time
How to: Set Pictures at Run Time
PictureBox Control