#1,056 – Grid Clips Child Elements

While a Canvas panel does not clip its child elements, a Grid does clip child elements.  The child elements are clipped even if you set the ClipToBounds property of the Grid to false.

        <Grid Background="AliceBlue" Margin="25" >
            <Label Content="Each man delights in the work that suits him best." Background="Olive"


#1,055 – Canvas Does Not Clip Child Elements

By default, the Canvas panel does not clip its child elements at the boundaries of the Canvas.  If the child element does not fit entirely within the Canvas, it will extend beyond the edge of the Canvas.

For example, assume that we put a Label on a Canvas:

    <Canvas Background="AliceBlue" Margin="25">
        <Label Content="Each man delights in the work that suits him best." Background="Olive"

If we place the Canvas in a large enough Window, the Canvas will be large enough to contain the Label.


If we now make the window smaller, the Canvas will become smaller and the Label will extend beyond the boundaries of the Canvas.  Note, however that the Label will not extend past the edge of the Window.



#1,054 – TabPanel Wraps and Evenly Spaces

Recall that a WrapPanel stacks controls horizontally until it fills the available space and then wraps to a new line.  (Or stacks vertically and wraps to a new column, if the orientation is vertical).


The TabPanel, normally used to display the tabs in a TabControl, behaves a little like the WrapPanel.  But when it decides to wrap to a new line, it evenly spaces the items within each line.

We can demonstrate this by starting with a wide window and then narrowing it to cause the items to wrap.




We can better visualize what’s going on here by changing the HorizontalAlignment of the Labels to Center so that they don’t stretch to fill the available space.  We can then see the gaps introduced between elements by the TabPanel.





Notice that the TabPanel also attempts to place roughly the same number of items on each row.

#1,053 – How SharedSizeGroup Relates to Column Sizing

Recall that you can set the width of a column in a Grid (or height of a row) in three different ways: auto, explicit size, or star sizing.

When you’re using the SharedSizeGroup property to set multiple columns (or rows) to the same width (or height), the method that you use for setting the column width (or row height) affects the final size as follows:

  • Star sizing – not honored, treated as Auto
  • Absolute sizing – takes priority over Auto, columns are set to maximum explicit width
  • Auto sizing – if all columns are Auto, size is set to fit the largest content.  If any columns use explicit width, the explicit width value takes precedence

In the example below, we’ve set the first and third columns’ widths to be Auto and put them in the same SharedSizeGroup.


Setting the width of the first column to 20 causes both columns to use that width.


#1,052 – Making Two Columns in a Grid the Same Size

You can force two columns (or rows) in a Grid to always be the same size using the SharedSizeGroup property when defining the columns (or rows).

Below, we specify that the third column should auto-size and that the first and third columns should be the same size.  The first column will be sized to match the auto-sized third column.  We do the following:

  • Set Grid.IsSharedSizeScope property of the Grid to true
  • Set SharedSizeGroup property in the first and third ColumnDefinition elements to the same value (in this case it’s “A”)
        <Grid Name="myGrid" Grid.IsSharedSizeScope="True">
                <ColumnDefinition SharedSizeGroup="A"/>
                <ColumnDefinition />
                <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" SharedSizeGroup="A"/>

            <Label Content="0,0" Background="Azure" />
            <Label Content="1,0" Background="Moccasin" Grid.Row="1" />
            <Label Content="Row 0 Col 2" Background="Lavender" Grid.Column="1" />
            <Label Content="Row 1 Col 2" Background="Honeydew" Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="1" />
            <Label Content="Row 0 Col 3" Background="LightSalmon" Grid.Column="2" />
            <Label Content="Row 1 Col 3" Background="GreenYellow" Grid.Row="1" Grid.Column="2" />


#1,051 – How the GridSplitter Behaves when Cells Use Auto Sizing

If one or both columns on either size of a GridSplitter (in its own column) have a width set to Auto, the behavior is as follows (“proportional” refers to star sizing):

  • Both columns set to Auto: Left column changes size and is switched to Absolute sizing
  • Left column Auto, right column proportional: Both columns change size, left switches to Absolute, right remains at original proportion (e.g. “1*”)
  • Right column Auto, left column proportional: Both columns change size, right switches to Absolute, left remains at original proportion

In the example below, columns 0 and 2 surround a GridSplitter in column 1.  Columns 0 and 2 are set to Auto size (as is the column with the GridSplitter) and column 3 is set to proportional.

Initially, we see that both columns 0 and 2 are auto-sized.

If we slide the GridSplitter to the right, column 0 changes size and switches to Absolute sizing.  Column 2 remains as Auto.


#1,050 – How the GridSplitter Behaves when Cells Use Absolute Sizing

Recall that a GridSplitter in its own column and with its HorizontalAlignment set to Center will resize columns on either side of it.  In the example below, columns 0 and 2 are resized, but the width of column 3 is not changed.


If one of the columns whose size is not changing as a result of using the GridSplitter has its size set to an absolute value, it will retain that value.  In the example below column 3 (far right) has an absolute width of 100.  The two columns whose size is changing are using star sizing and have had their relative sizes adjusted.


If one of the columns being resized with the GridSplitter has an absolute size, moving the GridSplitter will change its size, but it will continue to have an absolute size.

Before resize:



After resize:


We can see that column 0 has an absolute size if we make the entire Grid wider.



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