Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   20 times

I recently upgraded to IE9-beta. Now, In my .Net (3.5) WinForm application I want to use WebBrowser control.

So my question is, whether the WebBrowser control will exhibit all properties and functions of IE9?

My concern is, I want to render some SVG graphics on it.



The IE9 "version" of the WebBrowser control, like the IE8 version, is actually several browsers in one. Unlike the IE8 version, you do have a little more control over the rendering mode inside the page by changing the doctype. Of course, to change the browser mode you have to set your registry like the earlier answer. Here is a reg file fragment for FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Here is the complete set of codes:

  • 9999 (0x270F) - Internet Explorer 9. Webpages are displayed in IE9 Standards mode, regardless of the !DOCTYPE directive.
  • 9000 (0x2328) - Internet Explorer 9. Webpages containing standards-based !DOCTYPE directives are displayed in IE9 mode.
  • 8888 (0x22B8) -Webpages are displayed in IE8 Standards mode, regardless of the !DOCTYPE directive.
  • 8000 (0x1F40) - Webpages containing standards-based !DOCTYPE directives are displayed in IE8 mode.
  • 7000 (0x1B58) - Webpages containing standards-based !DOCTYPE directives are displayed in IE7 Standards mode.

The full docs:

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

The Control.DrawToBitmap doesn't always work so I resorted to the following native API calls that provide more consistent results:

The Utilities class. Call Utilities.CaptureWindow(Control.Handle) to capture a specific control:

public static class Utilities
    public static Image CaptureScreen()
        return CaptureWindow(User32.GetDesktopWindow());

    public static Image CaptureWindow(IntPtr handle)

        IntPtr hdcSrc = User32.GetWindowDC(handle);

        RECT windowRect = new RECT();
        User32.GetWindowRect(handle, ref windowRect);

        int width = windowRect.right - windowRect.left;
        int height = windowRect.bottom -;

        IntPtr hdcDest = Gdi32.CreateCompatibleDC(hdcSrc);
        IntPtr hBitmap = Gdi32.CreateCompatibleBitmap(hdcSrc, width, height);

        IntPtr hOld = Gdi32.SelectObject(hdcDest, hBitmap);
        Gdi32.BitBlt(hdcDest, 0, 0, width, height, hdcSrc, 0, 0, ApiConstants.SRCCOPY);
        Gdi32.SelectObject(hdcDest, hOld);
        User32.ReleaseDC(handle, hdcSrc);

        Image image = Image.FromHbitmap(hBitmap);

        return image;

The Gdi32 class:

public class Gdi32
    public static extern bool BitBlt(IntPtr hObject, int nXDest, int nYDest, int nWidth, int nHeight, IntPtr hObjectSource, int nXSrc, int nYSrc, int dwRop);
    public static extern IntPtr CreateCompatibleBitmap(IntPtr hDC, int nWidth, int nHeight);
    public static extern IntPtr CreateCompatibleDC(IntPtr hDC);
    public static extern bool DeleteDC(IntPtr hDC);
    public static extern bool DeleteObject(IntPtr hObject);
    public static extern IntPtr SelectObject(IntPtr hDC, IntPtr hObject);

The User32 class:

public static class User32
    public static extern IntPtr GetDesktopWindow();
    public static extern IntPtr GetWindowDC(IntPtr hWnd);
    public static extern IntPtr GetWindowRect(IntPtr hWnd, ref RECT rect);
    public static extern IntPtr ReleaseDC(IntPtr hWnd, IntPtr hDC);

The constants used:

    public const int SRCCOPY = 13369376;

The structs used:

public struct RECT
    public int left;
    public int top;
    public int right;
    public int bottom;

A friendly Control extension method:

public static class ControlExtensions
    public static Image DrawToImage(this Control control)
        return Utilities.CaptureWindow(control.Handle);

This is a code snippet from my CC.Utilities project and I specifically wrote it to take screenshots from the WebBrowser control.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
answered 6 Months ago

A console has no window to minimize by itself. It runs in a command prompt window. You might hook the window messages and hide the window on minimize. In your application it's possible to add a tray icon just the same as you would do it in a windows application. Well, somehow this smells...

But: I'm not sure why you want to do this. A console application is by design different to a windows application. Hence, maybe it's an option to change the app to be a windows form application?

Monday, August 2, 2021
Navaneeth K N
answered 4 Months ago

CefSharp: .Net binding for the Chromium Embedded Framework

Saturday, October 23, 2021
answered 1 Month ago

It would appear that putting the Web Browser inside a Windows Form, and displaying it as a modal window, rather than using a Custom Task Pane makes the shortcuts work as expected.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
answered 3 Days ago
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