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SqlCeEngine.Shrink Method

Reclaims wasted space in the SQL Server Compact Edition database by moving empty pages to the end of the file, and then truncating the file.

Namespace: System.Data.SqlServerCe
Assembly: System.Data.SqlServerCe (in

public void Shrink ()
public void Shrink ()
public function Shrink ()
Not applicable.

Unlike the Compact method, the Shrink method does not create a temporary database file. Instead, all empty and unallocated pages are moved to the end of the file and are then truncated, reducing the overall database size.

You can configure a database to automatically shrink by setting the AutoShrink property on the database.

SqlCeEngine engine = new SqlCeEngine("Data Source = AdventureWorks.sdf");

Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0