DataGridViewCell.PreferredSize Property


Gets the size, in pixels, of a rectangular area into which the cell can fit.

 property System::Drawing::Size PreferredSize { System::Drawing::Size get(); };
public System.Drawing.Size PreferredSize { get; }
member this.PreferredSize : System.Drawing.Size
Public ReadOnly Property PreferredSize As Size

Property Value


A Size containing the height and width, in pixels.



ColumnIndex is less than 0, indicating that the cell is a row header cell.

The row containing the cell is a shared row.


The cell is a column header cell.


The PreferredSize property returns the natural size of the cell computed by the cell's owning row and column. PreferredSize returns a Size with a width and height of -1 if the cell is not contained in a table.

If the cell is in a DataGridViewColumn that has its Resizable property set to false, -1 is returned for the width.

This method relies on the GetFormattedValue method.

Applies to

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