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TextBlock control design guidelines for Windows Phone

July 21, 2014

Applies to: Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1 | Windows Phone OS 7.1

A TextBlock control displays a fixed amount of text and is used to label controls.


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A TextBlock control is a fixed-height rectangular box that stays the same, no matter the state of other controls. TextBlock controls can extend to several lines. Users don’t interact with TextBlock controls.

A TextBlock control merely displays text without any user interaction. Use a TextBlock control as a label for another control such as a TextBox control.

Use TextBlock controls to label a group of related controls, or to display instructive text near a group of related controls. Related controls typically appear below the TextBox control in the same view.


A TextBlock control doesn’t include actionable controls.

One of the strengths of a Windows Phone device is displaying info in clear, beautiful typography. Take advantage of this design characteristic when you advise users on the use of a TextBlock control: use succinct and clearly legible words or labels.

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