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    SpreadJS provides support for dynamic column sizing (also called as star sizing and proportional sizing).

    What is Dynamic Column Sizing?

    Dynamic Column Sizing is used to configure the width of the columns and the height of the rows in such a way that the viewport is filled exactly as per the weighted proportion (represented by the * symbol) specified by the user.

    This type of sizing can be used in conjunction with numbers to define a weighted proportion, where:  

    Usage Scenario

    Dynamic Column sizing is beneficial especially when users need to widen multiple columns proportionally in order to analyze reports or manipulate large spreadsheets.

    For example - The following image depicts a spreadsheet with dynamic column sizing applied on column A, B and D and E in the proportion of 1.5*, 1.5*, * and * respectively. 

    Dynamic column sizing

    In the above example, columns A and B with a star size "1.5*" are filling 1.5 times that of a standard "*" sized column in the viewport.

    Supported User Actions

    Dynamic column sizing (or proportional sizing) ensures the columns and rows in a worksheet fill the viewport exactly whenever the viewport size is changed or the user adds, deletes or resizes any row or column.

    Users can configure dynamic column size in the worksheet by using the setColumnWidth() and the setRowHeight() methods. After applying the dynamic column size, the columns and rows (on which the star sizing is applied) will automatically resize to fill up the viewport when users perform the following actions on the worskheet:

    Dynamic Column Sizing is also supported while importing and exporting JSON files.

    Dynamic Column Sizing Rules

    The following rules must be kept in mind while working with dynamic column size feature in the worksheet:

    Note: The following limitations must be kept in mind while working with dynamic column size feature in the worksheet:

    • The row headers and the column headers don't support dynamic sizing.
    • Because MS Excel doesn't provide support for dynamic column sizing, the dynamic sizing will not be applicable while importing and exporting excel files.
    • While printing to PDF or exporting to excel, it will display the size at view size(old size).

    Using Code

    Refer to the following example code to configure dynamic column sizing in a worksheet.

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    $(document).ready(function ()
    // Initializing Spread
    var spread = new GC.Spread.Sheets.Workbook(document.getElementById('ss'), { sheetCount: 1 });
    // Get the activesheet
    var activeSheet = spread.getSheet(0);
    var colHeader = GC.Spread.Sheets.SheetArea.colHeader;
    // Setting dynamic column sizes
    activeSheet.setColumnWidth(0, "1.5*");
    activeSheet.setColumnWidth(1, "1.5*");
    activeSheet.setColumnWidth(3, "*");
    activeSheet.setColumnWidth(4, "*");
    // Set the row height
    activeSheet.setRowHeight(0, 50, colHeader);
    for (var row = 0; row < 12; row++)
    activeSheet.setRowHeight(row, "*");
    for (col = 0; col < 5; col++)
        activeSheet.getCell(row, col)
        .cellPadding('0 0 0 10')
    activeSheet.setValue(0, 0, 'Company Name', colHeader);
    activeSheet.setValue(0, 1, 'City', colHeader);
    activeSheet.setValue(0, 2, 'State', colHeader);
    activeSheet.setValue(0, 3, 'Phone', colHeader);
    activeSheet.setValue(0, 4, 'Fax', colHeader);
    activeSheet.setArray(0, 0, [
    ["Super Mart of the West", "Bentonville", "Arkansas", "(800) 555-2797", "(800) 555-2171"],
    ["Electronics Depot", "Atlanta", "Georgia", "(800) 595-3232", "(800) 595-3231"],
    ["K&S Music", "Minneapolis", "Minnesota", "(612) 304-6073", "(612) 304-6074"],
    ["Tom's Club", "Issaquah", "Washington", "(800) 955-2292", "(800) 955-2293"],
    ["E-Mart", "Hoffman Estates", "Illinois", "(847) 286-2500", "(847) 286-2501"],
    ["Walters", "Deerfield", "Illinois", "(847) 940-2500", "(847) 940-2501"],
    ["StereoShack", "Fort Worth", "Texas", "(817) 820-0741", "(817) 820-0742"],
    ["Circuit Town", "Oak Brook", "Illinois", "(800) 955-2929", "(800) 955-9392"],
    ["Premier Buy", "Richfield", "Minnesota", "(612) 291-1000", "(612) 291-2001"],
    ["ElectrixMax", "Naperville", "Illinois", "(630) 438-7800", "(630) 438-7801"],
    ["Video Emporium", "Dallas", "Texas", "(214) 854-3000", "(214) 854-3001"],
    ["Screen Shop", "Mooresville", "North Carolina", "(800) 445-6937", "(800) 445-6938"]