RichTextBox.IsReadOnly Property


Gets or sets a value that determines whether the user can change the text in the RichTextBox.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)

public bool IsReadOnly { get; set; }
<RichTextBox IsReadOnly="bool"/>

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the RichTextBox is read-only; otherwise, false. The default is false.

If the RichTextBox is read-only, no user input or edits are allowed, but programmatic changes can be made. The user can still select text and the selection highlight still appears. The KeyUp and KeyDown events are marked as handled. UI elements and hyperlinks in a RichTextBox are active only in read-only mode. For example, they can respond to input and receive focus only when they are in read-only mode. The cursor does not display in the RichTextBox when the IsReadOnly property is set to true.


Silverlight for Windows Phone In Silverlight for Windows Phone, RichTextBox is read-only. Do not use this property if you are using RichTextBox in a Windows Phone application.

The following shows how to set the IsReadOnly property in XAML and code.

<RichTextBox IsReadOnly="True">
        <Hyperlink NavigateUri="" TargetName="_blank">Hyperlinks</Hyperlink> are enabled in a read-only RichTextBox.

private void ReadOnlyRTB()
    //Create a new RichTextBox.
    RichTextBox MyRTB = new RichTextBox();

    // Create a Run of plain text and hyperlink.
    Run myRun = new Run();
    myRun.Text = " are enabled in a read-only RichTextBox.";
    Hyperlink MyLink = new Hyperlink();
    MyLink.NavigateUri = new Uri("");
    MyLink.TargetName = "_blank";

    // Create a paragraph and add the Run and hyperlink to it.
    Paragraph myParagraph = new Paragraph();

    // Add the paragraph to the RichTextBox.

    //Add the RichTextBox to the StackPanel.


Supported in: 5, 4

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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