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Label::PreferredWidth Property

Gets the preferred width of the control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

[BrowsableAttribute(false)]
public:
virtual property int PreferredWidth {
	int get ();
}

Property Value

Type: System::Int32
The width of the control (in pixels), assuming a single line of text is displayed.

This property returns the length of the text string, but does not take line wrapping into consideration. For example, a text string that measures 300 pixels wide could be displayed as three lines in a Label that is only 100 pixels wide. The PreferredWidth property still returns 300 pixels. You can use this property, along with the PreferredHeight property, to ensure that the text in the Label control is displayed properly. You can use the AutoSize property to automatically adjust the height and the width of the Label control based on the text and font size.

NoteNote

If the BorderStyle property of the Label control is set to BorderStyle.None, the value returned by PreferredWidth property will be larger due to the lack of borders.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a Label control that has a three-dimensional border and an image displayed using the ImageList and ImageIndex properties. The control also has a caption with a mnemonic character specified. The example code uses the PreferredHeight and PreferredWidth properties to properly size the Label control on the form on which it is displayed. This example requires that an ImageList has been created and named imageList1 and that it has loaded two images. The example also requires that the code is within a form that has the System.Drawing namespace added to its code.

public:
   void CreateMyLabel()
   {
      // Create an instance of a Label.
      Label^ label1 = gcnew Label;

      // Set the border to a three-dimensional border.
      label1->BorderStyle = System::Windows::Forms::BorderStyle::Fixed3D;
      // Set the ImageList to use for displaying an image.
      label1->ImageList = imageList1;
      // Use the second image in imageList1.
      label1->ImageIndex = 1;
      // Align the image to the top left corner.
      label1->ImageAlign = ContentAlignment::TopLeft;

      // Specify that the text can display mnemonic characters.
      label1->UseMnemonic = true;
      // Set the text of the control and specify a mnemonic character.
      label1->Text = "First &Name:";

      /* Set the size of the control based on the PreferredHeight and PreferredWidth values. */
      label1->Size = System::Drawing::Size( label1->PreferredWidth, label1->PreferredHeight );

      //...Code to add the control to the form...
   }

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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