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RichTextBlock.SelectionHighlightColor property

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Gets or sets the brush used to highlight the selected text.


public SolidColorBrush SelectionHighlightColor { get; set; }

<RichTextBlock SelectionHighlightColor="{StaticResource resourceName}"/>

<RichTextBlock SelectionHighlightColor="colorString"/>

XAML Values


The resource name (x:Key value) of an existing XAML resource that defines a brush. This is the recommended way to specify Brush values in XAML if you have any intention of using the same colors or brushes in more than one part of your UI. See Remarks in Brush or ResourceDictionary and XAML resource references.


The Color for a SolidColorBrush expressed as an attribute string. This can be a named color, an RGB value, or an ScRGB value. RGB or ScRGB may also specify alpha information. See the "XAML Values" section in Color.

Property value

Type: SolidColorBrush

The brush used to highlight the selected text. The default is a null brush from a pure code perspective, but the default text styles for RichTextBlock content apply a theme resource brush for this in a runtime instance of a RichTextBlock control.


A default text style sets the default selection highlight color to the system resource TextSelectionHighlightColorThemeBrush. To change the selection highlight color for all editable text controls in your app, you can override the TextSelectionHighlightColorThemeBrush system resource in App.xaml. This will affect PasswordBox, TextBox, and RichEditBox controls as well as RichTextBlock content. For more info, see XAML theme resources reference.


Minimum supported client

Windows 8.1

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 R2

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Controls [C++]



See also

Quickstart: Using brushes



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