PasswordBox.PasswordChar Property

May 11, 2014

Gets or sets the masking character for the PasswordBox.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.

public char PasswordChar { get; set; }
<PasswordBox PasswordChar="char"/>

Property Value

Type: System.Char
A masking character to echo when the user enters text into the PasswordBox.
The default value is a bullet character (●).

Dependency property identifier field: PasswordCharProperty

When text is entered into a PasswordBox, the masking character specified by this property is echoed in the password input field, rather than the actual password itself. This helps prevent passwords from being exposed to casual observers when they are entered.

The following code snippet demonstrates the PasswordChar property. This example is part of a larger example available in the PasswordBox class overview.

Security noteSecurity Note:

Avoid hard-coding a password within your source code.


<TextBlock Text="PasswordChar demonstration" Margin="20,10,0,0"/>
<PasswordBox x:Name="MyPWBox2" Margin="20,10,0,0" Height="70" Width="200" 
             Password="HelloWorld" HorizontalAlignment="Left"/>
<PasswordBox x:Name="MyPWBox3" Margin="20,10,0,0" Height="70" Width="200" 
             Password="HelloWorld" PasswordChar="$" HorizontalAlignment="Left"/>


Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

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