TextEdit.SelectionStart Property

Gets or sets the starting point of text selected in the text box.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraEditors

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraEditors.v20.1.dll

Declaration

[Browsable(false)]
public int SelectionStart { get; set; }
<Browsable(False)>
Public Property SelectionStart As Integer

Property Value

Type Description
Int32

An integer value specifying the starting point of text selected in the text box.

Remarks

If no text is selected within the editor, this property indicates the insertion point for new text (the caret position). If you set this property to a location beyond the length of the text in the control, selection start position will be placed after the last character. If the remaining text in the control after the position indicated by the SelectionStart property is less than the value of the TextEdit.SelectionLength property, the value of the TextEdit.SelectionLength property is automatically decreased. The value of the SelectionStart property never causes an increase in the TextEdit.SelectionLength property.

You can programmatically move the caret within the text box by setting SelectionStart to the position within the text box where you want the caret to move to and set the TextEdit.SelectionLength property to zero.

Examples

The code below uses the TextEdit control. It provides ItemClick event handlers for BarItem objects that perform the Cut(), Copy(), and Paste() operations. This example requires that a TextEdit object named textEdit1 has been created.

using DevExpress.XtraEditors;

private void pasteBarButtonItem_ItemClick(object sender, DevExpress.XtraBars.ItemClickEventArgs e) {
    // Check if there is any text in the Clipboard to paste into the text editor.
    if (Clipboard.GetDataObject().GetDataPresent(DataFormats.Text)) {
        // Check if any text is selected in the text editor.
        if (textEdit1.SelectionLength > 0) {
            // Ask the user if they want to paste over the selected text.
            if (XtraMessageBox.Show("Do you want to paste over current selection?", "Paste", MessageBoxButtons.YesNo) == DialogResult.No)
                // Move selection to the point after the current selection and paste.
                textEdit1.SelectionStart = textEdit1.SelectionStart + textEdit1.SelectionLength;
        }
        // Paste the text into the text editor.
        textEdit1.Paste();
    }
}

private void cutBarButtonItem_ItemClick(object sender, DevExpress.XtraBars.ItemClickEventArgs e) {
    // Check if any text is selected in the text editor.   
    if (textEdit1.SelectedText.Length > 0)
        // Cut the selected text into the Clipboard.
        textEdit1.Cut();
}

private void copyBarButtonItem_ItemClick(object sender, DevExpress.XtraBars.ItemClickEventArgs e) {
    // Check if any text is selected in the text editor.   
    if (textEdit1.SelectionLength > 0)
        // Copy the selected text into the Clipboard.
        textEdit1.Copy();
}
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