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Save and Restore WPF Window Size, Position, and/or State

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3 Aug 2012CPOL
A quick example of how you can save the window size, position, and/or state, and restore your form to that size, position, and state the next time the app is launched.


A quick example of how you can save a window's size, position, and/or state, and restore to that size, position, and state the next time the app is launched.


This started as part of a real world app where I wanted the user to be able to resize the window and not have the window return to the default size the next time the app was launched. Many of my users have two monitors, so I decided to let them choose which monitor to open the window on, but I also wanted to make sure it didn't open on their "second monitor" when they took their laptop home and had only one monitor.

Using the Code

The first thing I did was setup some user settings to hold the data I wanted to save.

Image 1

Then, I created a UserPreferences class to handle loading and saving of the settings. The class consists of a property (with backing variable) for each of the settings, and a few methods for loading, saving, and manipulating the settings.

Here are the methods for loading and saving the settings. Notice that when I save the settings, I don't save if the window state is minimized. I don't want my app to start minimized.

private void Load()
    _windowTop = Properties.Settings.Default.WindowTop;
    _windowLeft = Properties.Settings.Default.WindowLeft;
    _windowHeight = Properties.Settings.Default.WindowHeight;
    _windowWidth = Properties.Settings.Default.WindowWidth;
    _windowState = Properties.Settings.Default.WindowState;

public void Save()
    if (_windowState != System.Windows.WindowState.Minimized)
        Properties.Settings.Default.WindowTop = _windowTop;
        Properties.Settings.Default.WindowLeft = _windowLeft;
        Properties.Settings.Default.WindowHeight = _windowHeight;
        Properties.Settings.Default.WindowWidth = _windowWidth;
        Properties.Settings.Default.WindowState = _windowState;


I then created a method to shrink the window down to fit in the current desktop, if needed.

public void SizeToFit()
    if (_windowHeight > System.Windows.SystemParameters.VirtualScreenHeight)
        _windowHeight = System.Windows.SystemParameters.VirtualScreenHeight;

    if (_windowWidth > System.Windows.SystemParameters.VirtualScreenWidth)
        _windowWidth = System.Windows.SystemParameters.VirtualScreenWidth;

And lastly, I created a method that moves the window onto the desktop if it is more than half out of view. This is really important if you are going to save the position, because we don't want to restore the window to a position off the user's desktop.

public void MoveIntoView()
    if (_windowTop + _windowHeight / 2 > 
        _windowTop = 
          System.Windows.SystemParameters.VirtualScreenHeight - 

    if (_windowLeft + _windowWidth / 2 > 
        _windowLeft = 
          System.Windows.SystemParameters.VirtualScreenWidth - 

    if (_windowTop < 0)
        _windowTop = 0;
    if (_windowLeft < 0)
        _windowLeft = 0;

The constructor for the UserPreferences class calls Load(), SizeToFit(), and MoveIntoView().

public UserPreferences()
    //Load the settings

    //Size it to fit the current screen

    //Move the window at least partially into view

Then, in the window you want to resize, we just load the settings into the window in the constructor, and save the settings on Window_Closing.

public Window1()

    var userPrefs = new UserPreferences();

    this.Height = userPrefs.WindowHeight;
    this.Width = userPrefs.WindowWidth;
    this.Top = userPrefs.WindowTop;
    this.Left = userPrefs.WindowLeft;
    this.WindowState = userPrefs.WindowState;


private void Window_Closing(object sender, 
             System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
    var userPrefs = new UserPreferences();

    userPrefs.WindowHeight = this.Height;
    userPrefs.WindowWidth = this.Width;
    userPrefs.WindowTop=this.Top ;
    userPrefs.WindowLeft = this.Left;
    userPrefs.WindowState = this.WindowState;

Points of Interest

When I resized and repositioned my form, I didn't take into account the height of the Windows task bar, so if the user resizes the screen to a smaller screen, the bottom of my form may be hidden by the task bar.


  • 1/7/09 - Initial post.
  • 1/8/09 - Removed binding from window to UserPreferences to allow setting the window size at design time and to prevent binding from being removed if you resize the window using a designer.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Jeremy Hutchinson
Software Developer
United States United States
I’m a Senior Engineer at Quicken Loans and a Microsoft Azure MVP. I’ve has been developing line of business applications for 15 years primarily in the Microsoft Stack, and have a passion for writing clean, scalable code and sharing what I’ve learned with others.

I also help run the Casco Bay .Net User Group

Comments and Discussions

PraiseThank you very much. Pin
K. K. VinayKumar29-Jul-16 4:36
memberK. K. VinayKumar29-Jul-16 4:36 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Rollie2-Aug-15 5:32
memberRollie2-Aug-15 5:32 
QuestionHaving an issue with Maximized windows Pin
melance4210-Dec-14 4:22
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AnswerRe: Having an issue with Maximized windows Pin
Jeremy Hutchinson16-Dec-14 4:57
professionalJeremy Hutchinson16-Dec-14 4:57 
GeneralRe: Having an issue with Maximized windows Pin
tomscharf11-Jan-16 6:25
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QuestionMoveIntoView isn't quite correct Pin
DougPotter16-Oct-13 14:25
memberDougPotter16-Oct-13 14:25 
GeneralThis Solution *way* better than Josh Smith's version - Vote of 5 Pin
MacSpudster16-Jul-13 7:38
professionalMacSpudster16-Jul-13 7:38 
GeneralRe: This Solution *way* better than Josh Smith's version - Vote of 5 Pin
MacSpudster16-Jul-13 7:41
professionalMacSpudster16-Jul-13 7:41 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
Christian Amado3-Aug-12 6:29
professionalChristian Amado3-Aug-12 6:29 
BugMistype? Pin
AlexP1122328-Jul-12 9:05
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GeneralRe: Mistype? Pin
Jeremy Hutchinson3-Aug-12 7:02
professionalJeremy Hutchinson3-Aug-12 7:02 
QuestionMy vote of 5 too Pin
Karl Shifflett29-May-12 7:05
memberKarl Shifflett29-May-12 7:05 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Karl Shifflett29-May-12 7:04
memberKarl Shifflett29-May-12 7:04 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
gpasupathi23-Aug-11 6:21
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QuestionAny chance of an update for it to work in an MVVM scenario? Pin
geoffhirst28-Jul-11 3:12
membergeoffhirst28-Jul-11 3:12 
AnswerRe: Any chance of an update for it to work in an MVVM scenario? Pin
Jeremy Hutchinson28-Jul-11 3:17
professionalJeremy Hutchinson28-Jul-11 3:17 
AnswerRe: Any chance of an update for it to work in an MVVM scenario? Pin
appxdev9-Apr-12 19:06
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AnswerRe: Any chance of an update for it to work in an MVVM scenario? Pin
Erik Vullings28-Sep-12 5:19
memberErik Vullings28-Sep-12 5:19 
In an MVVM scenario, I regulary use the solutions offered by TimK here on CodeProject:
Save and Restore the Location, Position and State of a WPF Window.[^]
Also see the comment about a little bug when working with multiple monitors:
Remembering window positions in wpf[^]
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GeneralGreat article, how would you extend it to multiple forms Pin
Dovan Rogars18-Mar-11 20:53
memberDovan Rogars18-Mar-11 20:53 
GeneralRe: Great article, how would you extend it to multiple forms Pin
Jeremy Hutchinson21-Mar-11 3:33
professionalJeremy Hutchinson21-Mar-11 3:33 
GeneralBug with some dual screen configs.... Pin
Ybbozman6-Sep-10 23:44
memberYbbozman6-Sep-10 23:44 
GeneralRe: Bug with some dual screen configs.... Pin
vwmberry9510-Sep-15 4:38
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GeneralBehavior less than optimal on dual screen setup Pin
Dan Neely25-Jan-10 6:55
memberDan Neely25-Jan-10 6:55 
GeneralRe: Behavior less than optimal on dual screen setup Pin
Jeremy Hutchinson25-Jan-10 7:06
professionalJeremy Hutchinson25-Jan-10 7:06 
GeneralRe: Behavior less than optimal on dual screen setup Pin
stgn20-Jul-10 4:23
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