DesiredSize Property

UIElement.DesiredSize Property


Gets the size that this element computed during the measure pass of the layout process.

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

public Size DesiredSize { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Size

The computed size, which becomes the desired size for the arrange pass.

The value returned by this property will only be a valid measurement if the value of the IsMeasureValid property is true.

DesiredSize is typically checked as one of the measurement factors when you implement layout behavior overrides such as ArrangeOverride, MeasureOverride, or OnRender (in the OnRender case, you might check RenderSize instead, but this depends on your implementation). Depending on the scenario, DesiredSize might be fully respected by your implementation logic, constraints on DesiredSize might be applied, and such constraints might also change other characteristics of either the parent element or child element. For example, a control that supports scrollable regions (but chooses not to derive from the controls that already enable scrollable regions) could compare available size to DesiredSize. The control could then set an internal state that enabled scrollbars in the UI for that control. Or, DesiredSize could potentially also be ignored in certain scenarios.GTMT

The following example shows DesiredSize as part of a MeasureOverride implementation. Notice how Measure is called immediately prior to obtaining DesiredSize. This assures that DesiredSize holds a legitimate value.

    virtual Size MeasureOverride(Size availableSize) override
        Size^ panelDesiredSize = gcnew Size();

        // In our example, we just have one child. 
        // Report that our panel requires just the size of its only child.
        for each (UIElement^ child in InternalChildren)
panelDesiredSize = child->DesiredSize;
        return *panelDesiredSize ;

.NET Framework
Available since 3.0
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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