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TextBox.TextAlign Property

Gets or sets how text is aligned in a TextBox control.

[Visual Basic]
Public Property TextAlign As HorizontalAlignment
[C#]
public HorizontalAlignment TextAlign {get; set;}
[C++]
public: __property HorizontalAlignment get_TextAlign();
public: __property void set_TextAlign(HorizontalAlignment);
[JScript]
public function get TextAlign() : HorizontalAlignment;
public function set TextAlign(HorizontalAlignment);

Property Value

One of the HorizontalAlignment enumeration values that specifies how text is aligned in the control. The default is HorizontalAlignment.Left.

Exceptions

Exception Type Condition
InvalidEnumArgumentException A value that is not within the range of valid values for the enumeration was assigned to the property.

Remarks

You can use this property to align the text within a TextBox to match the layout of text on your form. For example, if your controls are all located on the right side of the form, you can set the TextAlign property to HorizontalAlignment.Right, and the text will be aligned with the right side of the control instead of the default left alignment.

.NET Compact Framework Platform Note:  In Pocket PC applications, a single-line TextBox supports only left alignment. A multiline TextBox can be aligned on the left, right, or center.

Example

The following example creates a TextBox control that is used to accept a password. This example uses the CharacterCasing property to change all characters typed to uppercase and the MaxLength property to restrict the password length to eight characters. This example also uses the TextAlign property to center the password in the TextBox control.

[Visual Basic] 
Public Sub CreateMyPasswordTextBox()
    ' Create an instance of the TextBox control.
    Dim textBox1 As New TextBox()
    ' Set the maximum length of text in the control to eight.
    textBox1.MaxLength = 8
    ' Assign the asterisk to be the password character.
    textBox1.PasswordChar = "*"c
    ' Change all text entered to be lowercase.
    textBox1.CharacterCasing = CharacterCasing.Lower
    ' Align the text in the center of the TextBox control.
    textBox1.TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Center
End Sub


[C#] 
public void CreateMyPasswordTextBox()
 {
    // Create an instance of the TextBox control.
    TextBox textBox1 = new TextBox();
    // Set the maximum length of text in the control to eight.
    textBox1.MaxLength = 8;
    // Assign the asterisk to be the password character.
    textBox1.PasswordChar = '*';
    // Change all text entered to be lowercase.
    textBox1.CharacterCasing = CharacterCasing.Lower;
    // Align the text in the center of the TextBox control.
    textBox1.TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Center;
 }
 

[C++] 
public:
void CreateMyPasswordTextBox()
 {
    // Create an instance of the TextBox control.
    TextBox* textBox1 = new TextBox();
    // Set the maximum length of text in the control to eight.
    textBox1->MaxLength = 8;
    // Assign the asterisk to be the password character.
    textBox1->PasswordChar = '*';
    // Change all text entered to be lowercase.
    textBox1->CharacterCasing = CharacterCasing::Lower;
    // Align the text in the center of the TextBox control.
    textBox1->TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment::Center;
 }
 

[JScript] 
public function CreateMyPasswordTextBox()
 {
    // Create an instance of the TextBox control.
    textBox1 = new TextBox();
    // Set the maximum length of text in the control to eight.
    textBox1.MaxLength = 8;
    // Assign the asterisk to be the password character.
    textBox1.PasswordChar = '*';
    // Change all text entered to be lowercase.
    textBox1.CharacterCasing = CharacterCasing.Lower;
    // Align the text in the center of the TextBox control.
    textBox1.TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Center;
 }
 

Requirements

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

See Also

TextBox Class | TextBox Members | System.Windows.Forms Namespace | HorizontalAlignment

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