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enumdisplaysettings (user32)
The EnumDisplaySettings API enumerates the display settings for the machine (surprise!). It returns a DEVMODE struct which contains the current settings. Use ChangeDisplaySettings to change those values.

C# Signature:

public static extern int EnumDisplaySettings (
      string deviceName, int modeNum, ref DEVMODE devMode );  

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using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

//insert by Zswang( at 2007-06-01


public struct DEVMODE


    private const int CCHDEVICENAME = 0x20;
    private const int CCHFORMNAME = 0x20;
    [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValTStr, SizeConst = 0x20)]
    public string dmDeviceName;
    public short dmSpecVersion;
    public short dmDriverVersion;
    public short dmSize;
    public short dmDriverExtra;
    public int dmFields;
    public int dmPositionX;
    public int dmPositionY;
    public ScreenOrientation dmDisplayOrientation;
    public int dmDisplayFixedOutput;
    public short dmColor;
    public short dmDuplex;
    public short dmYResolution;
    public short dmTTOption;
    public short dmCollate;
    [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValTStr, SizeConst = 0x20)]
    public string dmFormName;
    public short dmLogPixels;
    public int dmBitsPerPel;
    public int dmPelsWidth;
    public int dmPelsHeight;
    public int dmDisplayFlags;
    public int dmDisplayFrequency;
    public int dmICMMethod;
    public int dmICMIntent;
    public int dmMediaType;
    public int dmDitherType;
    public int dmReserved1;
    public int dmReserved2;
    public int dmPanningWidth;
    public int dmPanningHeight;



public static extern bool EnumDisplaySettings(string lpszDeviceName,

    int iModeNum, ref DEVMODE lpDevMode);

private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


    DEVMODE vDevMode = new DEVMODE();
    int i = 0;
    while (EnumDisplaySettings(null, i, ref vDevMode))
    Console.WriteLine("Width:{0} Height:{1} Color:{2} Frequency:{3}",
1 << vDevMode.dmBitsPerPel,         vDevMode.dmDisplayFrequency


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