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Literal.Text Property

Gets or sets the caption displayed in the Literal control.

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

<BindableAttribute(True)> _
Public Property Text As String
<asp:Literal Text="String" />

Property Value

Type: System.String
The caption displayed in the Literal control.



Use the Text property to specify or determine the caption displayed in the Literal control. This allows you to programmatically change the caption at run time.

The caption is HTML-decoded depending on how you assign a value to this property. If you assign a value through an attribute of the Literal control, the value is HTML decoded before it is displayed. For example, <asp:Literal id="DisplayLiteral" Text="A&nbsp;B"/> is rendered as "A B" on the browser. However, if you set this property programmatically or by placing the text between the opening and closing tags of the control, the caption is not HTML decoded. For example, <asp:Literal id="DisplayLiteral"> A&nbsp;B </asp:Literal> is rendered as "A&nbsp;B".

Caution noteCaution

This control can be used to display user input, which might include malicious client script. Check any information that is sent from a client for executable script, SQL statements, or other code before displaying it in your application. ASP.NET provides an input request validation feature to block script and HTML in user input. Validation server controls are also provided to assess user input. For more information, see Validation Server Control Syntax.

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.

How to: Add Literal Web Server Controls to a Web Forms PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications
How to: Add Literal Web Server Controls to a Web Forms PageBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications

The following example demonstrates how to use the Text property to programmatically change the caption displayed in the Literal control.


The following example uses the single-file code model and might not work correctly if copied directly into a code-behind file. This code example must be copied into an empty text file that has an .aspx extension. For more information about 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>Literal Example</title>
<script runat="server">

      Sub ButtonClick(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)

         Literal1.Text="Welcome to ASP.NET!!"

      End Sub


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

      <asp:Literal id="Literal1"
           Text="Hello World!!"

      <br /><br />

      <asp:Button id="Button1"
           Text="Change Literal Text"


.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.