Get system metrics in C#

[system metrics]

The GetSystemMetrics API function returns system metrics, values that give dimensions used by the system such as the default size of icons and the thickness of a resizable window’s borders. For example, the highlighted line in the picture on the right shows that on my system the default icons width (SM_CXICON) is 32 pixels.

The following code shows how the program declares the GetSystemMetrics API function. (Note that the program includes the System.Runtime.InteropServices namespace so it can use DllImport.)

static extern int GetSystemMetrics(SystemMetric smIndex);

The following SystemMetric enumeration defines the system metrics values that you can pass to the GetSystemMetrics function.

public enum SystemMetric
    SM_CXSCREEN = 0,  // 0x00
    SM_CYSCREEN = 1,  // 0x01
    SM_CXVSCROLL = 2,  // 0x02
    SM_CYHSCROLL = 3,  // 0x03
    SM_REMOTECONTROL = 0x2001, // 0x2001

The form’s Load event handler uses the following code to display the system metric values.

// Display some useful metrics.
private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

The following AddValue method displays a metric’s name and value in the lvwMetrics ListView control.

// Add a value to the ListView.
private void AddValue(SystemMetric metric)
    ListViewItem item = lvwMetrics.Items.Add(metric.ToString());

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