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RichEditBox.IsColorFontEnabled property

[ Updated for UWP apps on Windows 10. For Windows 8.x articles, see the archive ]

Gets or sets a value that determines whether font glyphs that contain color layers, such as Segoe UI Emoji, are rendered in color.


public bool IsColorFontEnabled { get; set; }

<RichEditBox IsColorFontEnabled="bool" />

Property value

Type: System.Boolean [.NET] | Platform::Boolean [C++]

true if color glyphs show in color; otherwise, false. The default is true.


Windows 8.1 introduces the ability for fonts to include multiple colored layers for each glyph. For example, the Segoe UI Emoji font defines color versions of the Emoticon and other Emoji characters. By default, the IsColorFontEnabled property is true and fonts with these additional layers are rendered in color.

In Windows 8, Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) text controls don't render multi-color fonts in color. When an app that was compiled for Windows 8 is recompiled for Windows 8.1, color rendering of multi-color fonts is enabled by default. Some glyphs in multi-color fonts have different layout metrics when rendered in color. This could cause different layout in apps when they are recompiled for Windows 8.1. To retain the Windows 8 behavior when your app is recompiled for Windows 8.1, set IsColorFontEnabled to false.

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family


API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml::Controls [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8.1

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 R2

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Controls [C++]



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