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AcceptsTab Property

TextBoxBase.AcceptsTab Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether pressing the TAB key in a multiline text box control types a TAB character in the control instead of moving the focus to the next control in the tab order.

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

Public Property AcceptsTab As Boolean

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if users can enter tabs in a multiline text box using the TAB key; false if pressing the TAB key moves the focus. The default is false.

The Multiline property must also be true to get a TAB character in the control.

If the AcceptsTab property is set to true, the user must press CTRL+TAB to move the focus to the next control in the tab order.

The following code example uses TextBox, a derived class, to create a multiline TextBox control with vertical scroll bars. This example also uses the AcceptsTab, AcceptsReturn, and WordWrap properties to make the multiline text box control useful for creating text documents.

    Public Sub CreateMyMultilineTextBox()
        ' Create an instance of a TextBox control. 
        Dim textBox1 As New TextBox()

        ' Set the Multiline property to true.
        textBox1.Multiline = True 
        ' Add vertical scroll bars to the TextBox control.
        textBox1.ScrollBars = ScrollBars.Vertical
        ' Allow the RETURN key in the TextBox control.
        textBox1.AcceptsReturn = True 
        ' Allow the TAB key to be entered in the TextBox control.
        textBox1.AcceptsTab = True 
        ' Set WordWrap to true to allow text to wrap to the next line.
        textBox1.WordWrap = True 
        ' Set the default text of the control.
        textBox1.Text = "Welcome!" & Environment.NewLine & "Second Line" 
    End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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