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.

    
    string text1 = "Draw text in a rectangle by passing a RectF to the DrawString method.";
    using (Font font1 = new Font("Arial", 12, FontStyle.Bold, GraphicsUnit.Point))
    {
        RectangleF rectF1 = new RectangleF(30, 10, 100, 122);
        e.Graphics.DrawString(text1, font1, Brushes.Blue, rectF1);
        e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(Pens.Black, Rectangle.Round(rectF1));
    }
    
    
    

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.

    
    string text2 = "Draw text in a rectangle by passing a RectF to the DrawString method.";
    using (Font font2 = new Font("Arial", 12, FontStyle.Bold, GraphicsUnit.Point))
    {
        Rectangle rect2 = new Rectangle(30, 10, 100, 122);
    
        // Specify the text is wrapped.
        TextFormatFlags flags = TextFormatFlags.WordBreak;
        TextRenderer.DrawText(e.Graphics, text2, font2, rect2, Color.Blue, flags);
        e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(Pens.Black, Rectangle.Round(rect2));
    
    }
    
    
    

The previous examples require:

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