MeasureText Method (IDeviceContext, String, Font, Size)

TextRenderer.MeasureText Method (IDeviceContext, String, Font, Size)

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Provides the size, in pixels, of the specified text when drawn with the specified font in the specified device context, using the specified size to create an initial bounding rectangle for the text.

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

public static Size MeasureText (
	IDeviceContext dc,
	string text,
	Font font,
	Size proposedSize
public static Size MeasureText (
	IDeviceContext dc, 
	String text, 
	Font font, 
	Size proposedSize
public static function MeasureText (
	dc : IDeviceContext, 
	text : String, 
	font : Font, 
	proposedSize : Size
) : Size



The device context in which to measure the text.


The text to measure.


The Font to apply to the measured text.


The Size of the initial bounding rectangle.

Return Value

The Size, in pixels, of text drawn with the specified font.

Exception typeCondition


dc is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).

The MeasureText method uses the proposedSize parameter to indicate the relationship of height to width when determining the text size. When measuring text on a single line, if the proposedSize parameter represents a Size with a height dimension greater than Int32.MaxValue, the returned Size will be adjusted to reflect the actual height of the text.

The following code example demonstrates how to use one of the MeasureText methods. To run this example, paste the code into a Windows Form and call DrawALineOfText from the form's Paint event handler, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private static void DrawALineOfText(PaintEventArgs e)
    // Declare strings to render on the form.
    string[] stringsToPaint = { "Tail", "Spin", " Toys" };

    // Declare fonts for rendering the strings.
    Font[] fonts = { new Font("Arial", 14, FontStyle.Regular), 
        new Font("Arial", 14, FontStyle.Italic), 
        new Font("Arial", 14, FontStyle.Regular) };

    Point startPoint = new Point(10, 10);

    // Set TextFormatFlags to no padding so strings are drawn together.
    TextFormatFlags flags = TextFormatFlags.NoPadding;

    // Declare a proposed size with dimensions set to the maximum integer value.
    Size proposedSize = new Size(int.MaxValue, int.MaxValue);

    // Measure each string with its font and NoPadding value and 
    // draw it to the form.
    for (int i = 0; i < stringsToPaint.Length; i++)
        Size size = TextRenderer.MeasureText(e.Graphics, stringsToPaint[i], 
            fonts[i], proposedSize, flags);
        Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(startPoint, size);
        TextRenderer.DrawText(e.Graphics, stringsToPaint[i], fonts[i],
            startPoint, Color.Black, flags);
        startPoint.X += size.Width;

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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