Form.AutoSize Form.AutoSize Form.AutoSize Form.AutoSize Property

Definition

Resize the form according to the setting of AutoSizeMode.

public:
 virtual property bool AutoSize { bool get(); void set(bool value); };
[System.ComponentModel.Browsable(true)]
public override bool AutoSize { get; set; }
member this.AutoSize : bool with get, set
Public Overrides Property AutoSize As Boolean

Property Value

true if the form will automatically resize; false if it must be manually resized.

Examples

The following example shows a form created using code that automatically resizes to fit its contents. When run, the form displays a Label, a TextBox for entering a URL, and a Button for displaying that URL inside of the user's default Web browser. The example uses a FlowLayoutPanel to lay out the contained controls one after the other. It also sets the AutoSize and AutoSizeMode to grow and shrink to fit the contents of its form.

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    this.AutoSize = true;
    this.AutoSizeMode = AutoSizeMode.GrowAndShrink;
    this.Text = "URL Opener";

    flowPanel = new FlowLayoutPanel();
    flowPanel.AutoSize = true;
    flowPanel.AutoSizeMode = AutoSizeMode.GrowAndShrink;
    this.Controls.Add(flowPanel);

    urlLabel = new Label();
    urlLabel.Name = "urlLabel";
    urlLabel.Text = "URL:";
    urlLabel.Width = 50;
    urlLabel.TextAlign = ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter;
    flowPanel.Controls.Add(urlLabel);

    urlTextBox = new TextBox();
    urlTextBox.Name = "urlTextBox";
    urlTextBox.Width = 250;
    flowPanel.Controls.Add(urlTextBox);

    urlButton = new Button();
    urlButton.Name = "urlButton";
    urlButton.Text = "Open URL in Browser";
    urlButton.Click += new EventHandler(urlButton_Click);
    flowPanel.Controls.Add(urlButton);
}

void urlButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    try
    {
        Uri newUri = new Uri(urlTextBox.Text);
    }
    catch (UriFormatException uriEx)
    {
        MessageBox.Show("Sorry, your URL is malformed. Try again. Error: " + uriEx.Message);
        urlTextBox.ForeColor = Color.Red;
        return;
    }
    
    // Valid URI. Reset any previous error color, and launch the URL in the 
    // default browser.
    // NOTE: Depending on the user's settings, this method of starting the
    // browser may use an existing window in an existing Web browser process.
    // To get around this, start up a specific browser instance instead using one of
    // the overloads for Process.Start. You can examine the registry to find the
    // current default browser and launch that, or hard-code a specific browser.
    urlTextBox.ForeColor = Color.Black;
    Process.Start(urlTextBox.Text);
}
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
    Me.AutoSize = True
    Me.AutoSizeMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoSizeMode.GrowAndShrink
    Me.Text = "URL Opener"

    flowPanel = New FlowLayoutPanel()
    flowPanel.AutoSize = True
    flowPanel.AutoSizeMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoSizeMode.GrowAndShrink
    Me.Controls.Add(flowPanel)

    urlLabel = New Label()
    urlLabel.Name = "urlLabel"
    urlLabel.Text = "URL:"
    urlLabel.Width = 50
    urlLabel.TextAlign = ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter
    flowPanel.Controls.Add(urlLabel)

    urlTextBox = New TextBox()
    urlTextBox.Name = "urlTextBox"
    urlTextBox.Width = 250
    flowPanel.Controls.Add(urlTextBox)

    urlButton = New Button()
    urlButton.Name = "urlButton"
    urlButton.Text = "Open URL in Browser"
    flowPanel.Controls.Add(urlButton)
End Sub


Private Sub urlButton_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles urlButton.Click
    Try
        Dim newUri As New Uri(urlTextBox.Text)
    Catch uriEx As UriFormatException
        MessageBox.Show(("Sorry, your URL is malformed. Try again. Error: " + uriEx.Message))
        urlTextBox.ForeColor = Color.Red
        Return
    End Try

    ' Valid URI. Reset any previous error color, and launch the URL in the 
    ' default browser.
    ' NOTE: Depending on the user's settings, this method of starting the
    ' browser may use an existing window in an existing Web browser process.
    ' To get around this, start up a specific browser instance instead using one of
    ' the overloads for Process.Start. You can examine the registry to find the
    ' current default browser and launch that, or hard-code a specific browser.
    urlTextBox.ForeColor = Color.Black
    Process.Start(urlTextBox.Text)
End Sub

Remarks

Use AutoSize to force a form to resize to fit its contents.

A form does not automatically resize in the Visual Studio forms designer, regardless of the values of the AutoSize and AutoSizeMode properties. The form correctly resizes itself at run time according to the values of these two properties. By contrast, a custom UserControl automatically resizes itself both at design time and at run time.

When using AutoSize, the MinimumSize and MaximumSize properties are respected, but the current value of the Size property is ignored. Using AutoSize and AutoSizeMode also renders the AutoScroll property superfluous, as there is no way to shrink the form to hide its contained controls from view.

See the AutoSizeMode enumeration for information on how a form behaves when AutoSize is true.

Applies to