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MaskedTextBox::Text Property

Gets or sets the text as it is currently displayed to the user.

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

[BindableAttribute(true)]
public:
virtual property String^ Text {
	String^ get () override;
	void set (String^ value) override;
}

Property Value

Type: System::String
A String containing the text currently displayed by the control. The default is an empty string.

Text is the default binding property for the MaskedTextBox class.

Strings retrieved using this property are formatted according to the control's formatting properties, such as Mask and TextMaskFormat.

You can assign a string with or without literal characters to Text depending on the values of ResetOnPrompt, ResetOnSpace, and SkipLiterals.

Text is the default binding property for MaskedTextBox.

MaskedTextBox will raise the TextChanged event whenever the formatted text value changes. Different properties may or may not cause this value to change. For example, changing the PasswordChar property will not raise the TextChanged event, but changing the Mask property will.

The following code example demonstrates the use of the Text property.


Private Sub DisplayText()
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.PasswordChar = CChar("*")

    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Mask = "000-00-0000" ' United States Social Security Number
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999999999"

    Debug.WriteLine("MaskedControl.Text: " & Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text) ' Displays: 999-99-9
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = ""

    ' Assigning text.
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.AllowPromptAsInput = True
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999-99-9999" ' Works
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999999999" ' Works
    Me.MaskedTextBox1.AllowPromptAsInput = False
    'Me.MaskedTextBox1.Text = "999-99-9999" ' Does not work
End Sub


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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.

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