Control.GetPreferredSize Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Retrieves the size of a rectangular area into which a control can be fitted.

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

Public Overridable Function GetPreferredSize ( _
	proposedSize As Size _
) As Size
Dim instance As Control
Dim proposedSize As Size
Dim returnValue As Size

returnValue = instance.GetPreferredSize(proposedSize)
public Size GetPreferredSize (
	Size proposedSize
public function GetPreferredSize (
	proposedSize : Size
) : Size



The custom-sized area for a control.

Return Value

An ordered pair of type System.Drawing.Size representing the width and height of a rectangle.

The behavior of GetPreferredSize differs by control. The LayoutEngine might be unable to assign the returned size to the control. You can return a size larger than the constraints indicated in the proposedSize parameter, but proposedSize should decrease as the constraint decreases. For example, GetPreferredSize(new Size(100, 0)) should not be wider than GetPreferredSize(new Size(200, 0)). The exception is a proposedSize of 0 or Size.Empty, which are defined as unconstrained.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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