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MaskedTextBox.Text Property

Gets or sets the text as it is currently displayed to the user.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

[BindableAttribute(true)]
public override string Text { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
A String containing the text currently displayed by the control. The default is an empty string.

Text is the default binding property for the MaskedTextBox class.

Strings retrieved using this property are formatted according to the control's formatting properties, such as Mask and TextMaskFormat.

You can assign a string with or without literal characters to Text depending on the values of ResetOnPrompt, ResetOnSpace, and SkipLiterals.

Text is the default binding property for MaskedTextBox.

MaskedTextBox will raise the TextChanged event whenever the formatted text value changes. Different properties may or may not cause this value to change. For example, changing the PasswordChar property will not raise the TextChanged event, but changing the Mask property will.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the Text property.

Private Sub DisplayText()
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.PasswordChar = CChar("*")

    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Mask = "000-00-0000" ' United States Social Security Number
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999999999"

    Debug.WriteLine("MaskedControl.Text: " & Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text) ' Displays: 999-99-9
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "" 

    ' Assigning text. 
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.AllowPromptAsInput = True 
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999-99-9999" ' Works
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999999999" ' Works
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.AllowPromptAsInput = False 
    'Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999-99-9999" ' Does not work 
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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