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How to: Draw Wrapped Text in a Rectangle

You can draw wrapped text in a rectangle by using the DrawString overloaded method of the Graphics class that takes a Rectangle or RectangleF parameter. You will also use a Brush and a Font.

You can also draw wrapped text in a rectangle by using the DrawText overloaded method of the TextRenderer that takes a Rectangle and a TextFormatFlags parameter. You will also use a Color and a Font.

The following illustration shows the output of text drawn in the rectangle when you use the DrawString method.

Fonts Text

To draw wrapped text in a rectangle with GDI+

  • Use the DrawString overloaded method, passing the text you want, Rectangle or RectangleF, Font and Brush.

    Dim text1 As String = "Draw text in a rectangle by passing a RectF to the DrawString method." 
    Dim font1 As New Font("Arial", 12, FontStyle.Bold, GraphicsUnit.Point)
    Try 
        Dim rectF1 As New RectangleF(30, 10, 100, 122)
        e.Graphics.DrawString(text1, font1, Brushes.Blue, rectF1)
        e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(Pens.Black, Rectangle.Round(rectF1))
    Finally
        font1.Dispose()
    End Try
    

To draw wrapped text in a rectangle with GDI

  • Use the TextFormatFlags enumeration value to specify the text should be wrapped with the DrawText overloaded method, passing the text you want, Rectangle, Font and Color.

    Dim text2 As String = _
        "Draw text in a rectangle by passing a RectF to the DrawString method." 
    Dim font2 As New Font("Arial", 12, FontStyle.Bold, GraphicsUnit.Point)
    Try 
        Dim rect2 As New Rectangle(30, 10, 100, 122)
    
        ' Specify the text is wrapped. 
        Dim flags As TextFormatFlags = TextFormatFlags.WordBreak
        TextRenderer.DrawText(e.Graphics, text2, font2, rect2, Color.Blue, flags)
        e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(Pens.Black, Rectangle.Round(rect2))
    Finally
        font2.Dispose()
    End Try
    

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