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Alignment.ShrinkToFit Property

Specifies whether text size in a cell changes automatically to fit the cell width.

Namespace: DevExpress.Spreadsheet

Assembly: DevExpress.Spreadsheet.v22.1.Core.dll


bool ShrinkToFit { get; set; }

Property Value

Type Description

true to automatically change text size to fit a cell; otherwise, false.


If the ShrinkToFit property is enabled, the size of cell text changes as follows:

  • If you add text to a cell or decrease the column width, cell text shrinks until cell content is completely visible.
  • If you remove text from a cell or increase the column width, cell text size increases to the initial cell font size.


The ShrinkToFit option does not change the Size property value of the cell font.

If cell text wraps into multiple lines (WrapText is true), the ShrinkToFit option does not apply.

The Spreadsheet offers you an alternative method to make sure a cell displays its content completely. Call the Column.AutoFit method to increase the column width instead of reducing text size.

Specify the ShrinkToFit Option in Code

Enable This Option for a Cell

The code sample below demonstrates how to specify the ShrinkToFit option for an individual cell. Use the cell’s Formatting.Alignment property to access and modify the Alignment object’s properties.

View Example

var cellB1 = worksheet.Cells["B1"];
cellB1.Value = "The Alignment.ShrinkToFit property is applied";
cellB1.Alignment.ShrinkToFit = true;

Enable This Option for a Cell Range

To specify alignment options for a cell range, modify the Alignment object’s properties within the CellRange.BeginUpdateFormattingCellRange.EndUpdateFormatting method pair.

var rangeA1C3 = worksheet.Range["A1:C3"];

var rangeFormatting = rangeA1C3.BeginUpdateFormatting();
rangeFormatting.Alignment.ShrinkToFit = true;

You can also use cell styles to share the same alignment options between multiple cells. Refer to the following help topic for details on how to specify custom format settings for a cell style: How to: Create or Modify a Style.

Specify the ShrinkToFit Option in the Spreadsheet Control’s UI (WinForms/WPF)

Select a cell or cell range to which you want to apply the ShrinkToFit option. On the Home tab, click the dialog box launcher in the bottom-right corner of the Alignment group to invoke the Format Cells dialog.

Invoke the Format Cells dialog

Select the Shrink to fit checkbox to enable this option for selected cells.

Set the ShrinkToFit option

The following code snippet (auto-collected from DevExpress Examples) contains a reference to the ShrinkToFit property.


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