Re: GetTextExtentPoint32

"Doug Harrison [MVP]" <>
Sun, 14 May 2006 16:15:29 -0500
On Sun, 14 May 2006 12:13:41 -0400, "Hanna-Barbera" <>


I have multiple problems here :(

I have a short text in UNICODE and the text contains newlines as well
(carriage return and newline)
and it seems that GetTextExtentPoint32 doesn't take into account the

So I broke the lines myself and checked which has the longest length.

Also, for the "int cbString" parameter, if my text is "hello" and I pass 5,
then it doesn't return the current width.
I have to send 6. Yes, I do select my font in the HDC before calling this.

Other problem!
Interline spacing issue

Lines are separated by a certain mount of pixels it seems in DrawTextEx
How can I found out how many pixels that is?

Basically, I would like to know *accuratly* the width and height of a block
of text

You may not have much luck trying to second guess DrawTextEx with
GetTextExtentPoint32. From memory, if you look at the DrawTextEx
parameters, there is a DT_CALCRECT flag which will return the height of the
text (you provide the width). As for the inter-line spacing, again, you'd
be trying to second guess the function. If you care about such things, you
may need to draw the text yourself. If you're using the "longest length"
from GetTextExtentPoint32 to determine the DrawText width, this won't even
be difficult, as you won't have to perform any word wrapping.

Doug Harrison
Visual C++ MVP

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