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Label.Text Property

Gets or sets the text content of the Label control.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

<BindableAttribute(True)> _
<PersistenceModeAttribute(PersistenceMode.InnerDefaultProperty)> _
Public Overridable Property Text As String
<asp:Label Text="String" />

Property Value

Type: System.String
The text content of the control. The default value is String.Empty.



Use the Text property to specify or determine the text content of the Label control. This property is commonly used to programmatically customize the text that is displayed in the Label control.

The Text property can include HTML. If it does, the HTML will be passed unchanged to the browser, where is might be interpreted as markup and not as text. If you want the browser to display HTML markup as plain text, you can use the HtmlEncode method, as shown in the example for the class overview. You can also use the Literal control instead of the Label control, and set the Mode property to Encode.


Setting the Text property will clear any other controls contained in the Label control.

Security noteSecurity Note

This control can be used to display user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview.

The value of this property, when set, can be saved automatically to a resource file by using a designer tool. For more information, see LocalizableAttribute and ASP.NET Globalization and Localization.

This property is the default property that a ControlParameter object binds to at run time. For more information, see ControlValuePropertyAttribute, ControlParameter, and Using Parameters with Data Source Controls.

The following example demonstrates how to create a new instance of the Label control and set its Text property.


The following code sample uses the single-file code model and may not work correctly if copied directly into a code-behind file. This code sample must be copied into an empty text file that has an .aspx extension. For more information on the Web Forms code model, see ASP.NET Web Page Code Model.

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="True" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="" >
    <title>Label Example</title>
<script language="VB" runat="server">
         Sub Button1_Click(Sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
            Dim l2 As New Label()
            l2.Text = "This is a new Label"
            l2.BorderStyle = BorderStyle.Solid
         End Sub

     <h3>Label Example</h3>
     <form id="form1" runat="server">

         <asp:Button id="Button1" Text="Create and Show a Label" 
         OnClick="Button1_Click" Runat="server"/>


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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