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DataGridViewCell.PreferredSize Property

Gets the size, in pixels, of a rectangular area into which the cell can fit.

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

public Size PreferredSize { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Size
A Size containing the height and width, in pixels.


ColumnIndex is less than 0, indicating that the cell is a row header cell.


The row containing the cell is a shared row.


The cell is a column header cell.

The PreferredSize property returns the natural size of the cell computed by the cell's owning row and column. PreferredSize returns a Size with a width and height of -1 if the cell is not contained in a table.

If the cell is in a DataGridViewColumn that has its Resizable property set to false, -1 is returned for the width.

This method relies on the GetFormattedValue method.

.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.