Tutorial :WPF TextBlock font resize to fill available space in a Grid


I have some text that is displayed at run time in a textblock. I want the font size to be the biggest it can be to fill the area that is given. I think I have the textblock setup correctly to "autosize" and I try to increase the font size till the textblock is bigger than than its parent then decrease the font size by 1. The problem is I can't get the control to redraw/recompute its size.

Is the a better way to do that? Or is there a way I can make my method work?


Wrap the TextBlock inside a ViewBox:

   <Grid>      <Viewbox>          <TextBlock TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="Some Text" />      </Viewbox>     </Grid>  


I had the same problem. You can use this to resize the fontsize of the textblock to fill the area when it has overflow.

<Viewbox StretchDirection="DownOnly" Stretch="Uniform">      <TextBlock Text="{Binding Path=Title}" HorizontalAlignment="Center"/>  </Viewbox>  


I found a great way to do this using ViewBox:

 <Grid>      <Grid.RowDefinitions>          <RowDefinition Height="*" />          <RowDefinition Height="Auto" />          <RowDefinition Height="*" />          <RowDefinition Height="50" />      </Grid.RowDefinitions>      <Grid.ColumnDefinitions>          <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />          <ColumnDefinition Width="100" />      </Grid.ColumnDefinitions>      <Viewbox Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="0" Stretch="Uniform">          <TextBlock Name="tbTest" Background="Yellow" Text="This is some text" />          </Viewbox>        <ContentControl Grid.Column="0" Grid.Row="2">          <TextBlock>This is some text</TextBlock>      </ContentControl>  </Grid>  


The WPF ViewBox control can grow / shrink with its contents to the available space.

Just place your TextBlock within a ViewBox as;

<Viewbox Stretch="Uniform" Width="50" Height="50">      <TextBlock Text="Test" />  </Viewbox>  

ViewBox is typically scaled by its container.


Well, its not a "perfect" answer, but this is a quick hack (you can drop this into kaxaml and test it out):

<Page    xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"    xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml">    <Grid Height="300" Background="green">      <Viewbox>    <TextBlock Background="red" Text="Hurr"/>    </Viewbox>    </Grid>  </Page>  

The ViewBox will enlarge any content to fill its container. The problem is that the TextBlock, while it sizes to its text, has padding at the top and bottom that you can't get rid of (without doing some heavy lifting). This might get you closer to what you want, tho.


To ensure wrapping, you need to set the MaxWidth and/or MaxHeight of the TextBlock

<Viewbox StretchDirection="DownOnly" Stretch="Uniform">        <TextBlock  MaxWidth="500" TextWrapping="Wrap" FontSize="30" VerticalAlignment="Center"                    Text="Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum."/>  

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