How to: Position Controls on Windows Forms

How to: Position Controls on Windows Forms


To position controls, use the Windows Forms Designer, or specify the Location property.


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To position a control on the design surface of the Windows Forms Designer

To position a control using the Properties window

  1. Click the control you want to position.

  2. In the Properties window, type values for the Location property, separated by a comma, to position the control within its container.

    The first number (X) is the distance from the left border of the container; the second number (Y) is the distance from the upper border of the container area, measured in pixels.


    You can expand the Location property to type the X and Y values individually.

To position a control programmatically

  1. Set the Location property of the control to a Point.

    button1.Location = new Point(100, 100);
  2. Change the X coordinate of the control's location using the Left subproperty.

    button1.Left = 300;

To increment a control's location programmatically

  1. Set the Left subproperty to increment the X coordinate of the control.

    button1.Left += 200;

    Use the Location property to set a control's X and Y positions simultaneously. To set a position individually, use the control's Left (X) or Top (Y) subproperty. Do not try to implicitly set the X and Y coordinates of the Point structure that represents the button's location, because this structure contains a copy of the button's coordinates.

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