UIElement.DesiredSize Property

Gets the size that this element computed during the measure pass of the layout process.

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

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property DesiredSize As Size

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Size
The computed size, which becomes the desired size for the arrange pass.

The value returned by this property will only be a valid measurement if the value of the IsMeasureValid property is true.

DesiredSize is typically checked as one of the measurement factors when you implement layout behavior overrides such as ArrangeOverride, MeasureOverride, or OnRender (in the OnRender case, you might check RenderSize instead, but this depends on your implementation). Depending on the scenario, DesiredSize might be fully respected by your implementation logic, constraints on DesiredSize might be applied, and such constraints might also change other characteristics of either the parent element or child element. For example, a control that supports scrollable regions (but chooses not to derive from the WPF framework-level controls that already enable scrollable regions) could compare available size to DesiredSize. The control could then set an internal state that enabled scrollbars in the UI for that control. Or, DesiredSize could potentially also be ignored in certain scenarios.

The following example shows DesiredSize as part of a MeasureOverride implementation. Notice how Measure is called immediately prior to obtaining DesiredSize. This assures that DesiredSize holds a legitimate value.


Protected Overrides Function MeasureOverride(ByVal availableSize As System.Windows.Size) As System.Windows.Size
    Dim panelDesiredSize As Size = New Size()
    ' In our example, we just have one child. 
    ' Report that our panel requires just the size of its only child.
    For Each child As UIElement In InternalChildren
        child.Measure(availableSize)
        panelDesiredSize = child.DesiredSize
    Next
    Return panelDesiredSize
End Function


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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