How to: Use a Control Rendering Class

This example demonstrates how to use the ComboBoxRenderer class to render the drop-down arrow of a combo box control. The example consists of the OnPaint method of a simple custom control. The ComboBoxRenderer.IsSupported property is used to determine whether visual styles are enabled in the client area of application windows. If visual styles are active, then the ComboBoxRenderer.DrawDropDownButton method will render the drop-down arrow with visual styles; otherwise, the ControlPaint.DrawComboButton method will render the drop-down arrow in the classic Windows style.

Example

    // Render the drop-down arrow with or without visual styles.
protected:
    virtual void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs^ e) override
    {
        __super::OnPaint(e);

        if (!ComboBoxRenderer::IsSupported)
        {
            ControlPaint::DrawComboButton(e->Graphics,
                this->ClientRectangle, ButtonState::Normal);
        }
        else
        {
            ComboBoxRenderer::DrawDropDownButton(e->Graphics,
                this->ClientRectangle, ComboBoxState::Normal);
        }
    }
// Render the drop-down arrow with or without visual styles.
protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)
{
    base.OnPaint(e);

    if (!ComboBoxRenderer.IsSupported)
    {
        ControlPaint.DrawComboButton(e.Graphics,
            this.ClientRectangle, ButtonState.Normal);
    }
    else
    {
        ComboBoxRenderer.DrawDropDownButton(e.Graphics,
            this.ClientRectangle, ComboBoxState.Normal);
    }
}
' Render the drop-down arrow with or without visual styles.
Protected Overrides Sub OnPaint(ByVal e As PaintEventArgs)
    MyBase.OnPaint(e)

    If Not ComboBoxRenderer.IsSupported Then
        ControlPaint.DrawComboButton(e.Graphics, _
            Me.ClientRectangle, ButtonState.Normal)
    Else
        ComboBoxRenderer.DrawDropDownButton(e.Graphics, _
            Me.ClientRectangle, ComboBoxState.Normal)
    End If
End Sub

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See Also

Rendering Controls with Visual Styles