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SubDocument.GetText(DocumentRange, TextFragmentOptions) Method

Returns the plain text of the specified document range.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.API.Native

Assembly: DevExpress.RichEdit.v24.1.Core.dll

NuGet Packages: DevExpress.RichEdit.Core, DevExpress.Win.Navigation


string GetText(
    DocumentRange range,
    TextFragmentOptions getTextOptions


Name Type Description
range DocumentRange

A DocumentRange object, specifying the range in the document for which the plain text representation is obtained.

getTextOptions TextFragmentOptions

A TextFragmentOptions object.


Type Description

A String value, containing the text of the specified range.


Use the GetText method to get a plain text representation of any part of the document. This method overload triggers export-related events as described in the following table:

Event Description
RichEditControl.BeforeExport Does not occur.
RichEditControl.AfterExport Does not occur.


If you operate with a selection range, the GetText method should be combined with a DocumentRange.BeginUpdateDocument - DocumentRange.EndUpdateDocument method pair. Otherwise, an incorrect document model might be selected, resulting in an exception “Error: specified document position or range belongs to other document or subdocument” being thrown.


This code snippet finds the first table of contents which is built upon Heading styles using the TOC field and converts it to plain text paragraph by paragraph. The SubDocument.GetText method overload is used for this purpose. It allows you to set the TextFragmentOptions.AllowExtendingDocumentRange option to false to not include the entire TOC when exporting the first paragraph.

View Example

using DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.API.Native.Implementation;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors;

string plainText = String.Empty;

foreach (Field item in document.Fields) {
    string fieldCode = document.GetText(item.CodeRange);
    string[] fieldParts = fieldCode.Split(' ');
    if (fieldParts[0].Trim() == "TOC" && fieldParts[1].Trim() == "\\h") {
        TextFragmentOptions options = 
            new TextFragmentOptions();
        options.AllowExtendingDocumentRange = false;
        foreach (Paragraph par in document.Paragraphs.Get(item.ResultRange)) {
            plainText += document.GetText(par.Range, options);
            plainText += Environment.NewLine;

XtraMessageBox.SmartTextWrap = false;

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