Console.SetBufferSize(Int32, Int32) Method

Definition

Sets the height and width of the screen buffer area to the specified values.

public:
 static void SetBufferSize(int width, int height);
public static void SetBufferSize (int width, int height);
static member SetBufferSize : int * int -> unit
Public Shared Sub SetBufferSize (width As Integer, height As Integer)

Parameters

width
Int32

The width of the buffer area measured in columns.

height
Int32

The height of the buffer area measured in rows.

Exceptions

height or width is less than or equal to zero.

-or-

height or width is greater than or equal to MaxValue.

-or-

width is less than WindowLeft + WindowWidth.

-or-

height is less than WindowTop + WindowHeight.

The user does not have permission to perform this action.

An I/O error occurred.

The current operating system is not Windows.

Examples

The following example demonstrates the WindowLeft, WindowTop, WindowWidth, WindowHeight, BufferWidth, BufferHeight, and CursorVisible properties; and the SetWindowPosition, SetBufferSize, and ReadKey methods. The example draws a grid pattern in the screen buffer based on the screen buffer width. Then the example moves the console window in response to which of the UP ARROW, DOWN ARROW, LEFT ARROW, or RIGHT ARROW console keys is pressed. The grid pattern helps you see the movement of the console window relative to the screen buffer.

// This example demonstrates the Console.WindowLeft and
//                               Console.WindowTop properties.
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Text;
using namespace System::IO;

//
int saveBufferWidth;
int saveBufferHeight;
int saveWindowHeight;
int saveWindowWidth;
bool saveCursorVisible;

//
int main()
{
   String^ m1 = "1) Press the cursor keys to move the console window.\n"
   "2) Press any key to begin. When you're finished...\n"
   "3) Press the Escape key to quit.";
   String^ g1 = "+----";
   String^ g2 = "|    ";
   String^ grid1;
   String^ grid2;
   StringBuilder^ sbG1 = gcnew StringBuilder;
   StringBuilder^ sbG2 = gcnew StringBuilder;
   ConsoleKeyInfo cki;
   int y;
   
   //
   try
   {
      saveBufferWidth = Console::BufferWidth;
      saveBufferHeight = Console::BufferHeight;
      saveWindowHeight = Console::WindowHeight;
      saveWindowWidth = Console::WindowWidth;
      saveCursorVisible = Console::CursorVisible;
      
      //
      Console::Clear();
      Console::WriteLine( m1 );
      Console::ReadKey( true );
      
      // Set the smallest possible window size before setting the buffer size.
      Console::SetWindowSize( 1, 1 );
      Console::SetBufferSize( 80, 80 );
      Console::SetWindowSize( 40, 20 );
      
      // Create grid lines to fit the buffer. (The buffer width is 80, but
      // this same technique could be used with an arbitrary buffer width.)
      for ( y = 0; y < Console::BufferWidth / g1->Length; y++ )
      {
         sbG1->Append( g1 );
         sbG2->Append( g2 );

      }
      sbG1->Append( g1, 0, Console::BufferWidth % g1->Length );
      sbG2->Append( g2, 0, Console::BufferWidth % g2->Length );
      grid1 = sbG1->ToString();
      grid2 = sbG2->ToString();
      Console::CursorVisible = false;
      Console::Clear();
      for ( y = 0; y < Console::BufferHeight - 1; y++ )
      {
         if ( y % 3 == 0 )
                  Console::Write( grid1 );
         else
                  Console::Write( grid2 );

      }
      Console::SetWindowPosition( 0, 0 );
      do
      {
         cki = Console::ReadKey( true );
         switch ( cki.Key )
         {
            case ConsoleKey::LeftArrow:
               if ( Console::WindowLeft > 0 )
                              Console::SetWindowPosition( Console::WindowLeft - 1, Console::WindowTop );
               break;

            case ConsoleKey::UpArrow:
               if ( Console::WindowTop > 0 )
                              Console::SetWindowPosition( Console::WindowLeft, Console::WindowTop - 1 );
               break;

            case ConsoleKey::RightArrow:
               if ( Console::WindowLeft < (Console::BufferWidth - Console::WindowWidth) )
                              Console::SetWindowPosition( Console::WindowLeft + 1, Console::WindowTop );
               break;

            case ConsoleKey::DownArrow:
               if ( Console::WindowTop < (Console::BufferHeight - Console::WindowHeight) )
                              Console::SetWindowPosition( Console::WindowLeft, Console::WindowTop + 1 );
               break;
         }
      }
      while ( cki.Key != ConsoleKey::Escape );
   }
   catch ( IOException^ e ) 
   {
      Console::WriteLine( e->Message );
   }
   finally
   {
      Console::Clear();
      Console::SetWindowSize( 1, 1 );
      Console::SetBufferSize( saveBufferWidth, saveBufferHeight );
      Console::SetWindowSize( saveWindowWidth, saveWindowHeight );
      Console::CursorVisible = saveCursorVisible;
   }

} // end Main


/*
This example produces results similar to the following:

1) Press the cursor keys to move the console window.
2) Press any key to begin. When you're finished...
3) Press the Escape key to quit.

...

+----+----+----+-
|    |    |    |
|    |    |    |
+----+----+----+-
|    |    |    |
|    |    |    |
+----+----+----+-

*/
// This example demonstrates the Console.WindowLeft and
//                               Console.WindowTop properties.
using System;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;
//
class Sample 
{
    public static int saveBufferWidth;
    public static int saveBufferHeight;
    public static int saveWindowHeight;
    public static int saveWindowWidth;
    public static bool saveCursorVisible;
//
    public static void Main() 
    {
    string m1 = "1) Press the cursor keys to move the console window.\n" +
                "2) Press any key to begin. When you're finished...\n" +
                "3) Press the Escape key to quit.";
    string g1 = "+----";
    string g2 = "|    ";
    string grid1;
    string grid2;
    StringBuilder sbG1 = new StringBuilder();
    StringBuilder sbG2 = new StringBuilder();
    ConsoleKeyInfo cki;
    int y;
//
    try 
    {
    saveBufferWidth  = Console.BufferWidth;
    saveBufferHeight = Console.BufferHeight;
    saveWindowHeight = Console.WindowHeight;
    saveWindowWidth  = Console.WindowWidth;
    saveCursorVisible = Console.CursorVisible;
//
    Console.Clear();
    Console.WriteLine(m1);
    Console.ReadKey(true);

// Set the smallest possible window size before setting the buffer size.
    Console.SetWindowSize(1, 1);
    Console.SetBufferSize(80, 80);
    Console.SetWindowSize(40, 20);

// Create grid lines to fit the buffer. (The buffer width is 80, but
// this same technique could be used with an arbitrary buffer width.)
    for (y = 0; y < Console.BufferWidth/g1.Length; y++)
        {
        sbG1.Append(g1);
        sbG2.Append(g2);
        }
    sbG1.Append(g1, 0, Console.BufferWidth%g1.Length);
    sbG2.Append(g2, 0, Console.BufferWidth%g2.Length);
    grid1 = sbG1.ToString();
    grid2 = sbG2.ToString();

    Console.CursorVisible = false;
    Console.Clear();
    for (y = 0; y < Console.BufferHeight-1; y++)
        {
        if (y%3 == 0)
            Console.Write(grid1);
        else
            Console.Write(grid2);
        }

    Console.SetWindowPosition(0, 0);
    do
        {
        cki = Console.ReadKey(true);
        switch (cki.Key) 
            {
            case ConsoleKey.LeftArrow:
                if (Console.WindowLeft > 0) 
                    Console.SetWindowPosition(
                            Console.WindowLeft-1, Console.WindowTop);
                break;
            case ConsoleKey.UpArrow:
                if (Console.WindowTop > 0) 
                    Console.SetWindowPosition(
                            Console.WindowLeft, Console.WindowTop-1);
                break;
            case ConsoleKey.RightArrow:
                if (Console.WindowLeft < (Console.BufferWidth-Console.WindowWidth)) 
                    Console.SetWindowPosition(
                            Console.WindowLeft+1, Console.WindowTop);
                break;
            case ConsoleKey.DownArrow:
                if (Console.WindowTop < (Console.BufferHeight-Console.WindowHeight)) 
                    Console.SetWindowPosition(
                            Console.WindowLeft, Console.WindowTop+1);
                break;
            }
        } 
    while (cki.Key != ConsoleKey.Escape);  // end do-while
    } // end try
    catch (IOException e) 
        {
        Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
        }
    finally 
        {
        Console.Clear();
        Console.SetWindowSize(1, 1);
        Console.SetBufferSize(saveBufferWidth, saveBufferHeight);
        Console.SetWindowSize(saveWindowWidth, saveWindowHeight);
        Console.CursorVisible = saveCursorVisible;
        }
    } // end Main
} // end Sample
/*
This example produces results similar to the following:

1) Press the cursor keys to move the console window.
2) Press any key to begin. When you're finished...
3) Press the Escape key to quit.

...

+----+----+----+-
|    |    |    |
|    |    |    |
+----+----+----+-
|    |    |    |
|    |    |    |
+----+----+----+-

*/
' This example demonstrates the Console.WindowLeft and
'                               Console.WindowTop properties.
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text

Class Sample
   Public Shared saveBufferWidth As Integer
   Public Shared saveBufferHeight As Integer
   Public Shared saveWindowHeight As Integer
   Public Shared saveWindowWidth As Integer
   Public Shared saveCursorVisible As Boolean
   
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim m1 As String = _
          "1) Press the cursor keys to move the console window." & vbCrlf & _
          "2) Press any key to begin. When you're finished..."   & vbCrlf & _
          "3) Press the Escape key to quit."
      Dim g1 As String = "+----"
      Dim g2 As String = "|    "
      Dim grid1 As String
      Dim grid2 As String
      Dim sbG1 As New StringBuilder()
      Dim sbG2 As New StringBuilder()
      Dim cki As ConsoleKeyInfo
      Dim y As Integer
      '
      Try
         saveBufferWidth = Console.BufferWidth
         saveBufferHeight = Console.BufferHeight
         saveWindowHeight = Console.WindowHeight
         saveWindowWidth = Console.WindowWidth
         saveCursorVisible = Console.CursorVisible
         '
         Console.Clear()
         Console.WriteLine(m1)
         Console.ReadKey(True)
         
         ' Set the smallest possible window size before setting the buffer size.
         Console.SetWindowSize(1, 1)
         Console.SetBufferSize(80, 80)
         Console.SetWindowSize(40, 20)
         
         ' Create grid lines to fit the buffer. (The buffer width is 80, but
         ' this same technique could be used with an arbitrary buffer width.)
         For y = 0 To (Console.BufferWidth / g1.Length) - 1
            sbG1.Append(g1)
            sbG2.Append(g2)
         Next y
         sbG1.Append(g1, 0, Console.BufferWidth Mod g1.Length)
         sbG2.Append(g2, 0, Console.BufferWidth Mod g2.Length)
         grid1 = sbG1.ToString()
         grid2 = sbG2.ToString()
         
         Console.CursorVisible = False
         Console.Clear()
         For y = 0 To (Console.BufferHeight - 2)
            If y Mod 3 = 0 Then
               Console.Write(grid1)
            Else
               Console.Write(grid2)
            End If
         Next y 
         '
         Console.SetWindowPosition(0, 0)
         Do
            cki = Console.ReadKey(True)
            Select Case cki.Key
               Case ConsoleKey.LeftArrow
                  If Console.WindowLeft > 0 Then
                     Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft - 1, Console.WindowTop)
                  End If
               Case ConsoleKey.UpArrow
                  If Console.WindowTop > 0 Then
                     Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft, Console.WindowTop - 1)
                  End If
               Case ConsoleKey.RightArrow
                  If Console.WindowLeft < Console.BufferWidth - Console.WindowWidth Then
                     Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft + 1, Console.WindowTop)
                  End If
               Case ConsoleKey.DownArrow
                  If Console.WindowTop < Console.BufferHeight - Console.WindowHeight Then
                     Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft, Console.WindowTop + 1)
                  End If
            End Select
         Loop While cki.Key <> ConsoleKey.Escape
      ' end do-while
      ' end try
      Catch e As IOException
         Console.WriteLine(e.Message)
      Finally
         Console.Clear()
         Console.SetWindowSize(1, 1)
         Console.SetBufferSize(saveBufferWidth, saveBufferHeight)
         Console.SetWindowSize(saveWindowWidth, saveWindowHeight)
         Console.CursorVisible = saveCursorVisible
      End Try
   End Sub
End Class
'
'This example produces results similar to the following:
'
'1) Press the cursor keys to move the console window.
'2) Press any key to begin. When you're finished...
'3) Press the Escape key to quit.
'
'...
'
'+----+----+----+-
'|    |    |    |
'|    |    |    |
'+----+----+----+-
'|    |    |    |
'|    |    |    |
'+----+----+----+-
'
// This example demonstrates the Console.WindowLeft and
//                               Console.WindowTop properties.
open System
open System.Text
open System.IO

[<EntryPoint>]
let main argv =
    let m1 = 
        "1) Press the cursor keys to move the console window.\n" + 
        "2) Press any key to begin. When you're finished...\n" + 
        "3) Press the Escape key to quit."
    let g1 = "+----";
    let g2 = "|    ";
    let sbG1 = StringBuilder()
    let sbG2 = StringBuilder()


    let saveBufferWidth = Console.BufferWidth
    let saveBufferHeight = Console.BufferHeight
    let saveWindowHeight = Console.WindowHeight
    let saveWindowWidth = Console.WindowWidth
    let saveCursorVisible = Console.CursorVisible

    try
        try
            Console.Clear()
            Console.WriteLine(m1)
            Console.ReadKey(true) |> ignore

            // Set the smallest possible window size before setting the buffer size.
            Console.SetWindowSize(1, 1)
            Console.SetBufferSize(80, 80)
            Console.SetWindowSize(40, 20)

            // Create grid lines to fit the buffer. (The buffer width is 80, but
            // this same technique could be used with an arbitrary buffer width.)
            // for y = 0 to (Console.BufferWidth / g1.Length - 1)
            for _ in 1..(Console.BufferWidth / g1.Length) do
                (sbG1.Append(g1)) |> ignore
                (sbG2.Append(g2)) |> ignore

            sbG1.Append(g1, 0, Console.BufferWidth % g1.Length) |> ignore
            sbG2.Append(g2, 0, Console.BufferWidth % g2.Length) |> ignore
            let grid1 = sbG1.ToString()
            let grid2 = sbG2.ToString()

            Console.CursorVisible <- false
            Console.Clear()
            for y in 0..(Console.BufferHeight - 1) do
                if (y % 3 = 0) then
                    Console.Write(grid1)
                else
                    Console.Write(grid2)

            Console.SetWindowPosition(0, 0)

            let interactiveKeySequence = 
                Seq.initInfinite (fun _ -> (Console.ReadKey(true)).Key)
                |> Seq.takeWhile (fun key -> key <> ConsoleKey.Escape)

            for key in interactiveKeySequence do
                match key with
                | ConsoleKey.LeftArrow ->
                    if Console.WindowLeft > 0
                    then Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft - 1, Console.WindowTop)
                | ConsoleKey.UpArrow ->
                    if Console.WindowTop > 0
                    then Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft, Console.WindowTop - 1)
                | ConsoleKey.RightArrow ->
                    if Console.WindowLeft < (Console.BufferWidth - Console.WindowWidth)
                    then Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft + 1, Console.WindowTop)
                | ConsoleKey.DownArrow ->
                    if Console.WindowTop < (Console.BufferHeight - Console.WindowHeight)
                    then Console.SetWindowPosition(Console.WindowLeft, Console.WindowTop + 1)
                | _ -> 
                    ()
            0
        with 
        | :? IOException as ex -> printf "%s" ex.Message; 1
    finally
        Console.Clear()
        Console.SetWindowSize(1, 1)
        Console.SetBufferSize(saveBufferWidth, saveBufferHeight)
        Console.SetWindowSize(saveWindowWidth, saveWindowHeight)
        Console.CursorVisible <- saveCursorVisible

Applies to