MeasureText Method (String, Font)

TextRenderer.MeasureText Method (String, Font)

Provides the size, in pixels, of the specified text when drawn with the specified font.

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

public static Size MeasureText (
	string text,
	Font font
public static Size MeasureText (
	String text, 
	Font font
public static function MeasureText (
	text : String, 
	font : Font
) : Size
Not applicable.



The text to measure.


The Font to apply to the measured text.

Return Value

The Size, in pixels, of text drawn on a single line with the specified font. You can manipulate how the text is drawn by using one of the DrawText overloads that takes a TextFormatFlags parameter. For example, the default behavior of the TextRenderer is to add padding to the bounding rectangle of the drawn text to accommodate overhanging glyphs. If you need to draw a line of text without these extra spaces you should use the versions of DrawText and MeasureText that take a Size and TextFormatFlags parameter. For an example, see MeasureText(IDeviceContext,String,Font,Size,TextFormatFlags).

The MeasureText method requires that the text is drawn on a single line.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the MeasureText method. To run this example, paste the code into a Windows Form and call MeasureText1 from the form's Paint event handler, passing e as PaintEventArgs.

private void MeasureText1(PaintEventArgs e)
    String text1 = "Measure this text";
    Font arialBold = new Font("Arial", 12.0F);
    Size textSize = TextRenderer.MeasureText(text1, arialBold);
    TextRenderer.DrawText(e.Graphics, text1, arialBold, 
        new Rectangle(new Point(10, 10), textSize), Color.Red);  

Windows 98, Windows Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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