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Console.BufferWidth Property

Updated: October 2011

Gets or sets the width of the buffer area.

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

Public Shared Property BufferWidth As Integer

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The current width, in columns, of the buffer area.


The value in a set operation is less than or equal to zero.


The value in a set operation is greater than or equal to Int16.MaxValue.


The value in a set operation is less than WindowLeft + WindowWidth.


The user does not have permission to perform this action.


An I/O error occurred.

If a set operation decreases the value of the BufferWidth property, the rightmost columns are removed. For example, if the number of columns is reduced from 80 to 60, columns 60 through 79 of each row are removed.

This example demonstrates the BufferHeight and BufferWidth properties. The example reports the dimensions of an operating system window set to a buffer size of 300 rows and 85 columns.

' This example demonstrates the Console.BufferHeight and 
'                               Console.BufferWidth properties.
Imports System

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Console.WriteLine("The current buffer height is {0} rows.", _
      Console.WriteLine("The current buffer width is {0} columns.", _
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'This example produces the following results:
'The current buffer height is 300 rows.
'The current buffer width is 85 columns.

.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.




October 2011

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