Works out the size a string of text, if drawn using a particular Font and settings.


SizeF MeasureString(string text, Font font);
SizeF MeasureString(string text, Font font, stringFormat format);

[Visual Basic]

Function MeasureString(text As String, font As Font) As SizeF
Function MeasureString(text As String, font As Font, format As StringFormat) As SizeF
Name Description
text The text that should be measured.
font The font to use.
format The style and formatting for the text.
return The size of the text in PageUnit measurements.



Here we draw some text and a box around it.

[C#]using (Bitmap bm = new Bitmap(0, 0)) {
  using (Graphics graphics = Graphics.FromImage(bm)) {
    Font font = new Font("Comic Sans MS", 72, FontStyle.Regular);
    string txt = "Man & Dog";
    SizeF sz = graphics.MeasureString(txt, font);
    bm.Resize((Size)(sz + new SizeF(40, 40)));
    RectangleF rect = new RectangleF(new PointF(20, 20), sz);
    graphics.DrawString(txt, font, new SolidBrush(Color.Fuchsia), rect.Location, StringFormat.GenericDefault);
    graphics.DrawRectangle(new Pen(Color.DarkSeaGreen, 1), rect);
    double scale = font.Size / font.FontFamily.GetEmHeight(font.Style);
    double ascent = font.FontFamily.GetCellAscent(font.Style) * scale;
    double descent = font.FontFamily.GetCellDescent(font.Style) * scale;
    double lineSpacing = font.FontFamily.GetLineSpacing(font.Style) * scale;
    double cellHeight = ascent + descent;
    double internalLeading = cellHeight - font.Size;
    double externalLeading = lineSpacing - cellHeight;
    double[] metrics = new double[] { ascent, ascent + descent, lineSpacing };
    Brush[] brushes = new Brush[] { Brushes.Red, Brushes.Green, Brushes.Blue };
    for (int i = 0; i < metrics.Length; i++) {
      double dy = metrics[i];
      Pen pen = new Pen(brushes[i], 1);
      pen.DashStyle = DashStyle.DashDotDot; // *** not rendering well
      graphics.DrawLine(pen, rect.Left, (int)(rect.Top + dy), rect.Right, (int)(rect.Top + dy));