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Graphics.MeasureString Method (String, Font, SizeF)

.NET Framework 1.1

Measures the specified string when drawn with the specified Font object within the specified layout area.

[Visual Basic]
Overloads Public Function MeasureString( _
   ByVal text As String, _
   ByVal font As Font, _
   ByVal layoutArea As SizeF _
) As SizeF
public SizeF MeasureString(
 string text,
 Font font,
 SizeF layoutArea
public: SizeF MeasureString(
 String* text,
 Font* font,
 SizeF layoutArea
public function MeasureString(
   text : String,
 font : Font,
 layoutArea : SizeF
) : SizeF;


String to measure.
Font object defines the text format of the string.
SizeF structure that specifies the maximum layout area for the text.

Return Value

This method returns a SizeF structure that represents the size, in pixels, of the string specified in the text parameter as drawn with the font parameter.


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.


[Visual Basic, C#] The following 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 (16pt.).
  • Sets the maximum layout size of the string.
  • Creates a size object and uses it, the font object, and the maximum layout size to measure the size of the string.
  • Draws a red rectangle using the measured size of the string.
  • Draws the string within the drawn rectangle.
[Visual Basic] 
Public Sub MeasureStringSizeF(e As PaintEventArgs)
' Set up string.
Dim measureString As String = "Measure String"
Dim stringFont As New Font("Arial", 16)
' Set maximum layout size.
Dim layoutSize As New SizeF(200F, 50F)
' Measure string.
Dim stringSize As New SizeF()
stringSize = e.Graphics.MeasureString(measureString, stringFont, _
' Draw rectangle representing size of string.
e.Graphics.DrawRectangle(New Pen(Color.Red, 1), 0F, 0F, _
stringSize.Width, stringSize.Height)
' Draw string to screen.
e.Graphics.DrawString(measureString, stringFont, Brushes.Black, _
New PointF(0, 0))
End Sub
public void MeasureStringSizeF(PaintEventArgs e)
// Set up string.
string measureString = "Measure String";
Font stringFont = new Font("Arial", 16);
// Set maximum layout size.
SizeF layoutSize = new SizeF(200.0F, 50.0F);
// Measure string.
SizeF stringSize = new SizeF();
stringSize = e.Graphics.MeasureString(measureString, stringFont, layoutSize);
// Draw rectangle representing size of string.
new Pen(Color.Red, 1),
0.0F, 0.0F, stringSize.Width, stringSize.Height);
// Draw string to screen.
new PointF(0, 0));

[C++, JScript] No example is available for C++ or JScript. To view a Visual Basic or C# example, click the Language Filter button Language Filter in the upper-left corner of the page.


Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

See Also

Graphics Class | Graphics Members | System.Drawing Namespace | Graphics.MeasureString Overload List