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Thread: Scale and Layout

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    Scale and Layout

    I have VB.Net WinForms project with resolution independence. If the workstation uses 100% scale as shown here for instance:
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    then the layout is good, like here(part of the screen):

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    But if the workstation uses 150% scale then the layout of the application is broken:

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    What property of the screen or OS is presented by those numbers (100% and 150%) and how to find the value programmatically with

    Thank you

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    Re: Scale and Layout

    Some time ago I had a similar problem. Didnít found a direct function for it. After some searching on the internet, I found an answer in a formum, but don't have the link anymore.

    The idea is calculating the scale from desktop resolution and screen bounds, assuming the desktop always has Hwnd =zero.

    Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices 
    Public Class CGetScale
            Private Const DESKTOPVERTRES As Integer = &H75
            Private Const DESKTOPHORZRES As Integer = &H76
            <DllImport("gdi32.dll")> Private Shared Function GetDeviceCaps(ByVal hdc As IntPtr, ByVal nIndex As Integer) As Integer
            End Function
            Public Property Xscale As Double = 1.0
            Public Property Yscale As Double = 1.0
            Public Sub New()
            End Sub
            Private Sub GetXYScale()
                Using g As Graphics = Graphics.FromHwnd(IntPtr.Zero)
                    Dim hDc As IntPtr = g.GetHdc
                    Xscale = (GetDeviceCaps(hDc, DESKTOPHORZRES) / Screen.PrimaryScreen.Bounds.Width)
                    Yscale = (GetDeviceCaps(hDc, DESKTOPVERTRES) / Screen.PrimaryScreen.Bounds.Height)
                End Using
            End Sub
    End Class
    using the class:
    Dim s As Size = Form2.PictureBox1.Size
    Dim gsc As New CGetScale
    s.Height = CInt(s.Height * gsc.Xscale)            
    s.Width = CInt(s.Width * gsc.Yscale)

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