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TextRenderer.MeasureText Method (IDeviceContext, String, Font)

Provides the size, in pixels, of the specified text drawn with the specified font in the specified device context.

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

public static Size MeasureText(
	IDeviceContext dc,
	string text,
	Font font
)

Parameters

dc
Type: System.Drawing.IDeviceContext
The device context in which to measure the text.
text
Type: System.String
The text to measure.
font
Type: System.Drawing.Font
The Font to apply to the measured text.

Return Value

Type: System.Drawing.Size
The Size, in pixels, of text drawn in a single line with the specified font in the specified device context.

The MeasureText method requires that the text is drawn on a single line.

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;
    }

}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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.
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