#948 – Complete Example of Limiting TextBox Input

If you want to limit text allowed as input to a TextBox, a full strategy for checking text being input should include handling the PreviewKeyDown and PreviewTextInput events, as well as implementing a pasting handler.  Below is a full example that limits text input to alphabetic characters only.

        <TextBox Name="txtMyText" Margin="5" Height="100"
                 TextWrapping="Wrap"
                 AcceptsReturn="True"
                 VerticalScrollBarVisibility="Auto"
                 PreviewTextInput="TextBox_PreviewTextInput"
                 PreviewKeyDown="TextBox_PreviewKeyDown"/>

 

        public MainWindow()
        {
            this.InitializeComponent();
            DataObject.AddPastingHandler(txtMyText, PasteHandler);
        }

        private bool IsAlphabetic(string s)
        {
            Regex r = new Regex(@"^[a-zA-Z]+$");

            return r.IsMatch(s);
        }

        private void TextBox_PreviewTextInput(object sender, TextCompositionEventArgs e)
        {
            // Prohibit non-alphabetic
            if (!IsAlphabetic(e.Text))
                e.Handled = true;
        }

        private void TextBox_PreviewKeyDown(object sender, KeyEventArgs e)
        {
            // Prohibit space
            if (e.Key == Key.Space)
                e.Handled = true;
        }

        private void PasteHandler(object sender, DataObjectPastingEventArgs e)
        {
            TextBox tb = sender as TextBox;
            bool textOK = false;

            if (e.DataObject.GetDataPresent(typeof(string)))
            {
                // Allow pasting only alphabetic
                string pasteText = e.DataObject.GetData(typeof(string)) as string;
                if (IsAlphabetic(pasteText))
                    textOK = true;
            }

            if (!textOK)
                e.CancelCommand();
        }

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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

One Response to #948 – Complete Example of Limiting TextBox Input

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