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How to: Create a Read-Only Text Box (Windows Forms)

You can transform an editable Windows Forms text box into a read-only control. For example, the text box may display a value that is usually edited but may not be currently, due to the state of the application.

To create a read-only text box

  • Set the TextBox control's ReadOnly property to true. With the property set to true, users can still scroll and highlight text in a text box without allowing changes. A Copy command is functional in a text box, but Cut and Paste commands are not.


    The ReadOnly property only affects user interaction at run time. You can still change text box contents programmatically at run time by changing the Text property of the text box.

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