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TableLayoutPanel.GetColumn Method

Returns the column position of the specified child control.

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

public int GetColumn(
	Control control


Type: System.Windows.Forms.Control

A child control of the TableLayoutPanel.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
The column position of the specified child control, or -1 if the position of control is determined by LayoutEngine.


control is null.


control is not a type that can be arranged by this System.Windows.Forms.Layout.LayoutEngine.

If control spans two or more columns, the GetColumn method will return the lowest column index.

The column position value is zero based, so you can use it as an index for the array returned by GetColumnWidths.

This method is called by the Column property, which the panel adds to its child controls at design time.

To get the actual position of control, even when its position is determined by LayoutEngine, call the GetPositionFromControl method.

The following code example enumerates all the child controls in the TableLayoutPanel and finds the column index for each control using the GetColumn method.

    private void getColumnBtn_Click(
		System.Object sender, 
		System.EventArgs e)
        foreach ( Control c in this.TableLayoutPanel1.Controls )

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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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