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Graphics.MeasureString Method (String, Font, SizeF, StringFormat, Int32%, Int32%)

Measures the specified string when drawn with the specified Font and formatted with the specified StringFormat.

Namespace:  System.Drawing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public SizeF MeasureString(
	string text,
	Font font,
	SizeF layoutArea,
	StringFormat stringFormat,
	out int charactersFitted,
	out int linesFilled


Type: System.String
String to measure.
Type: System.Drawing.Font
Font that defines the text format of the string.
Type: System.Drawing.SizeF
SizeF structure that specifies the maximum layout area for the text.
Type: System.Drawing.StringFormat
StringFormat that represents formatting information, such as line spacing, for the string.
Type: System.Int32%
Number of characters in the string.
Type: System.Int32%
Number of text lines in the string.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.SizeF
This method returns a SizeF structure that represents the size of the string, in the units specified by the PageUnit property, of the text parameter as drawn with the font parameter and the stringFormat parameter.


font is null.

The MeasureString method is designed for use with individual strings and includes a small amount of extra space before and after the string to allow for overhanging glyphs. Also, the DrawString method adjusts glyph points to optimize display quality and might display a string narrower than reported by MeasureString. To obtain metrics suitable for adjacent strings in layout (for example, when implementing formatted text), use the MeasureCharacterRanges method or one of the MeasureString methods that takes a StringFormat and pass GenericTypographic. Also ensure the TextRenderingHint for the Graphics is AntiAlias.

The following code example is designed for use with Windows Forms, and it requires PaintEventArgs e, which is a parameter of the Paint event handler. The code performs the following actions:

  • Creates a string to measure and a font object set to Arial (16 point)

  • Sets the maximum layout size of the string.

  • Creates a string format object and sets its format flags to DirectionVertical.

  • Creates the integer variables charactersFitted and linesFilled and a size object to measure the string.

  • Measures the size of the string and determines the number of characters fitted and lines filled, using the string, the font object, the maximum layout size, and the string format.

  • Draws a red rectangle using the measured size of the string.

  • Draws the string within the drawn rectangle.

  • Draws the values of the number of characters fitted and lines filled.

The result is a vertical rectangle enclosing a vertical string.

private void MeasureStringSizeFFormatInts(PaintEventArgs e)

    // Set up string.
    string measureString = "Measure String";
    Font stringFont = new Font("Arial", 16);

    // Set maximum layout size.
    SizeF layoutSize = new SizeF(100.0F, 200.0F);

    // Set string format.
    StringFormat newStringFormat = new StringFormat();
    newStringFormat.FormatFlags = StringFormatFlags.DirectionVertical;

    // Measure string.
    int charactersFitted;
    int linesFilled;
    SizeF stringSize = new SizeF();
    stringSize = e.Graphics.MeasureString(measureString, stringFont, layoutSize, newStringFormat, out charactersFitted, out linesFilled);

    // Draw rectangle representing size of string.
    e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(new Pen(Color.Red, 1), 0.0F, 0.0F, stringSize.Width, stringSize.Height);

    // Draw string to screen.
    e.Graphics.DrawString(measureString, stringFont, Brushes.Black, new PointF(0, 0), newStringFormat);

    // Draw output parameters to screen.
    string outString = "chars " + charactersFitted + ", lines " + linesFilled;
    e.Graphics.DrawString(outString, stringFont, Brushes.Black, new PointF(100, 0));

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, 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.