#1,094 – Disabling Editing Operations in a TextBox

You can disable the cut/copy/paste features in a TextBox by handling the CommandManager.PreviewCanExecute event and checking for the associated editing commands.

TextBox has implicit command bindings to support cut, copy, and paste commands.  When the user executes one of these commands, using the context menu or a keyboard shortcut, the associated routed command is executed, with the TextBox as the source.  You can short-circuit the command by intercepting PreviewCanExecute and making sure that CanExecute returns false.

        <TextBox Name="txtSomeText"
                 Width="220" Height="25" Margin="10"/>


        private void txtSomeText_PreviewCanExecute(object sender, CanExecuteRoutedEventArgs e)
            if ((e.Command == ApplicationCommands.Cut) ||
                (e.Command == ApplicationCommands.Copy) ||
                (e.Command == ApplicationCommands.Paste))
                e.Handled = true;
                e.CanExecute = false;

The editing functions are now disabled. The context menu in the TextBox shows the commands greyed out and corresponding keyboard shortcuts do nothing.