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PasswordPropertyTextAttribute Class


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Indicates that an object's text representation is obscured by characters such as asterisks. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:   System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)


public sealed class PasswordPropertyTextAttribute : Attribute


Initializes a new instance of the PasswordPropertyTextAttribute class.


Initializes a new instance of the PasswordPropertyTextAttribute class, optionally showing password text.


Gets a value indicating if the property for which the PasswordPropertyTextAttribute is defined should be shown as password text.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Determines whether two PasswordPropertyTextAttribute instances are equal.(Overrides Attribute.Equals(Object).)


Returns the hash code for this instance.(Overrides Attribute.GetHashCode().)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


Returns an indication whether the value of this instance is the default value.(Overrides Attribute.IsDefaultAttribute().)


When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)


Specifies the default value for the PasswordPropertyTextAttribute.


Specifies that a text property is not used as a password. This static (Shared in Visual Basic) field is read-only.


Specifies that a text property is used as a password. This static (Shared in Visual Basic) field is read-only.

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

If the PasswordPropertyTextAttribute attribute is placed on a property or a type, its text representation in a property window appears as dots or asterisks to indicate a password field.


This indication in no way represents any type of encryption or security. For more information about using attributes, see Extending Metadata Using Attributes.

The following code example demonstrates using the PasswordPropertyTextAttribute to obscure the value of a string property in a PropertyGrid control. For a full code listing, see How to: Apply Attributes in Windows Forms Controls.

// This property exists only to demonstrate the 
// PasswordPropertyText attribute. When this control 
// is attached to a PropertyGrid control, the returned 
// string will be displayed with obscuring characters
// such as asterisks. This property has no other effect.
[Description("Demonstrates PasswordPropertyTextAttribute.")]
public string Password
        return "This is a demo password.";

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0

Any public static ( Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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