Console::WindowWidth Property

 

Gets or sets the width of the console window.

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

public:
property int WindowWidth {
	static int get();
	static void set(int value);
}

Property Value

Type: System::Int32

The width of the console window measured in columns.

Exception Condition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The value of the WindowWidth property or the value of the WindowHeight property is less than or equal to 0.

-or-

The value of the WindowHeight property plus the value of the WindowTop property is greater than or equal to Int16::MaxValue.

-or-

The value of the WindowWidth property or the value of the WindowHeight property is greater than the largest possible window width or height for the current screen resolution and console font.

IOException

Error reading or writing information.

Attempting to set the value of the WindowWidth property when output is redirected throws either an ArgumentOutOfRangeException or an IOException exception. To prevent an exception, you can set the value of this property only if the IsOutputRedirected property returns false.

This example demonstrates the SetWindowSize method, and the WindowWidth and WindowHeight properties. You must run the example to see the full effect of changing the console window size.

The example reports the dimensions of a console window set to 85 columns and 43 rows, then waits for a key press. When any key is pressed, the dimensions of the console window are halved, the new dimensions are reported, and the example waits for another key press. Finally, when any key is pressed the console window is restored to its original dimensions and the example terminates.

// This example demonstrates the Console.SetWindowSize method,
//                           the Console.WindowWidth property, 
//                       and the Console.WindowHeight property.
using namespace System;
int main()
{
   int origWidth;
   int width;
   int origHeight;
   int height;
   String^ m1 = "The current window width is {0}, and the "
   "current window height is {1}.";
   String^ m2 = "The new window width is {0}, and the new "
   "window height is {1}.";
   String^ m4 = "  (Press any key to continue...)";

   //
   // Step 1: Get the current window dimensions.
   //
   origWidth = Console::WindowWidth;
   origHeight = Console::WindowHeight;
   Console::WriteLine( m1, Console::WindowWidth, Console::WindowHeight );
   Console::WriteLine( m4 );
   Console::ReadKey( true );

   //
   // Step 2: Cut the window to 1/4 its original size.
   //
   width = origWidth / 2;
   height = origHeight / 2;
   Console::SetWindowSize( width, height );
   Console::WriteLine( m2, Console::WindowWidth, Console::WindowHeight );
   Console::WriteLine( m4 );
   Console::ReadKey( true );

   //
   // Step 3: Restore the window to its original size.
   //
   Console::SetWindowSize( origWidth, origHeight );
   Console::WriteLine( m1, Console::WindowWidth, Console::WindowHeight );
}

/*
This example produces the following results:

The current window width is 85, and the current window height is 43.
  (Press any key to continue...)
The new window width is 42, and the new window height is 21.
  (Press any key to continue...)
The current window width is 85, and the current window height is 43.

*/

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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