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Change Selection in a RichTextBox Programmatically

This example shows how to programmatically change the current selection in a RichTextBox. This selection is the same as if the user had selected the content by using the user interface.

The following Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) code describes a named RichTextBox control with simple content.


<Page xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
  x:Class="SDKSample.ChangeSelectionProgrammaticaly" >

  <StackPanel>
    <RichTextBox GotMouseCapture="ChangeSelection" Name="richTB">
      <FlowDocument>
        <Paragraph Name="myParagraph">
          <Run>
            When the user clicks in the RichTextBox, the selected
            text changes programmatically.
          </Run>
        </Paragraph>
      </FlowDocument>
    </RichTextBox>
  </StackPanel>

</Page>


The following code programmatically selects some arbitrary text when the user clicks inside the RichTextBox.


using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Documents;

namespace SDKSample
{
    public partial class ChangeSelectionProgrammaticaly : Page
	{

        // Change the current selection.
        void ChangeSelection(Object sender, RoutedEventArgs args)
        {
            // Create two arbitrary TextPointers to specify the range of content to select.
            TextPointer myTextPointer1 = myParagraph.ContentStart.GetPositionAtOffset(20);
            TextPointer myTextPointer2 = myParagraph.ContentEnd.GetPositionAtOffset(-10);

            // Programmatically change the selection in the RichTextBox.
            richTB.Selection.Select(myTextPointer1, myTextPointer2);
        }
    }
}


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