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MaskedTextBox.CutCopyMaskFormat Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets or sets a value that determines whether literals and prompt characters are copied to the clipboard.

Namespace: System.Windows.Forms
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in

public MaskFormat CutCopyMaskFormat { get; set; }
/** @property */
public MaskFormat get_CutCopyMaskFormat ()

/** @property */
public void set_CutCopyMaskFormat (MaskFormat value)

public function get CutCopyMaskFormat () : MaskFormat

public function set CutCopyMaskFormat (value : MaskFormat)

Property Value

One of the MaskFormat values. The default is IncludeLiterals.

Exception typeCondition


Property set with a MaskFormats value that is not valid.

The CutCopyMaskFormat property determines how text, selected within the MaskedTextBox control, is interpreted when it is copied to the clipboard or retrieved through the SelectedText property. Specifically, it determines whether literal characters, prompt characters, or both are included when selected text is accessed. When prompt characters are excluded, they are transformed into spaces in the copied string.


The TextMaskFormat property serves a similar purpose with respect to how the Text property is interpreted.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0