#886 – Wrapping a Canvas in a ScrollViewer

Because the ScrollViewer control is a ContentControl, it can contain any single element.  It most often contains a single Panel, which in turn contains child elements.

Below is an example of a ScrollViewer that contains a Canvas, which in turn contains several different elements.  When the containing window is sized to be smaller than the Canvas element, the scrollbars automatically appear.

    <ScrollViewer HorizontalScrollBarVisibility="Auto"
        <Canvas Width="340" Height="330">
            <Image Canvas.Left="15" Canvas.Top="5"
                   Source="Augustus.jpg" Height="100" Margin="10"/>
            <Label Canvas.Left="0" Canvas.Top="120"
                Grid.Column="1" Content="Augustus - 63BC - 14AD" />

            <Image Canvas.Top="180" Canvas.Left="200"
                   Grid.Column="2" Source="Tiberius.jpg" Height="100" Margin="10"/>
            <Label Canvas.Top="295" Canvas.Left="180"
                   Grid.Column="3" Content="Tiberius - 42BC - 37AD"/>

            <Line Canvas.Left="140" Canvas.Top="140" X2="65" Y2="50"



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5 Responses to #886 – Wrapping a Canvas in a ScrollViewer

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  2. Saleh Rezaei says:

    Hi, I have a canvas that many children are added to it dynamically, i want to zoom and have the children zoomed too. I’ve used rendertransform which works fine, but it doesn’t trigger the scrollviewer. I tried layouttransform, but it doesn’t zoom.
    Please help me

    • Sean says:

      It’s hard to tell exactly what you’re doing without seeing code. Perhaps you need to also change the size of the canvas when you do the transform? I would also try using a scale transform.

  3. Kevin Walsh says:

    Canvas always reports its size as 0,0 to it’s parent container. Consider using MeasureOverride to iterate over the Canvas children and calculate the extents of the Canvas and returning the true width to the parent. That should get the scrollbars going. There are many samples of this on the interwebs.

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