SetDesktopBounds Method
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Form::SetDesktopBounds Method (Int32, Int32, Int32, Int32)


Sets the bounds of the form in desktop coordinates.

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

void SetDesktopBounds(
	int x,
	int y,
	int width,
	int height


Type: System::Int32

The x-coordinate of the form's location.

Type: System::Int32

The y-coordinate of the form's location.

Type: System::Int32

The width of the form.

Type: System::Int32

The height of the form.

Desktop coordinates are based on the working area of the screen, which excludes the taskbar. You can use this method to set the position and size of your form on the desktop. Since desktop coordinates are based on the working area of the form, you can use this method to ensure that your form is completely visible on the desktop.

The following code example demonstrates using the SetDesktopBounds method. To run this example, paste the following code in a form that contains a button named Button2. Ensure all events are associated with their event handlers.

void Button2_Click( System::Object^ sender, System::EventArgs^ e )
   for ( int i = 0; i <= 20; i++ )

      // With each loop through the code, the form's 
      // desktop location is adjusted right and down
      //  by 10 pixels and its height and width are each
      // decreased by 10 pixels. 
      this->SetDesktopBounds( this->Location.X + 10, this->Location.Y + 10, this->Width - 10, this->Height - 10 );

      // Call Sleep to show the form gradually shrinking.
      System::Threading::Thread::Sleep( 50 );


.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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