Simply the Best - WinForms Text Editors

Intuitive, Elegant, and Error-free Text Input

DevExpress WinForms Data and Text Editors eliminate all unnecessary restrictions associated with standard Windows Forms controls and help you deliver the best possible user experience with minimum effort. Dozens of modern capabilities and built-in UI/UX customization options make our WinForms Data Editors the best in the business. But you don’t have to take our word for it – try our free 30-day trial and compare our WinForms Editors to anyone – we think you'll quickly come to the same conclusion... DevExpress WinForms UI controls have no equal in the marketplace.

WinForms Text Editors

The DevExpress WinForms Data Editors Library includes a massive set of UI controls –designed to help you deliver solutions that amaze. The library includes the following text input controls:

  • Text Box
  • Button Edit
  • Hyperlink
  • Memo (Multi-line) Editor
  • RTF Editor
WinForms Text Editors

WinForms Text Edit UI Elements

Our Windows Forms Text editors are a powerhouse of functionality and configurable UI elements. Unlike competing products, we continue to deliver innovative new features, including an entirely a new way to display labels within the text control itself.

Read the following blog post for more information – or simply glance to the right and see what's possible with DevExpress WinForms Text Edit controls. Built-in elements include:

  • Container (text box)
  • Embedded Label or Placeholder (Null text)
  • Leading or Trailing Icon (context image)
  • Embedded Buttons
  • Tooltip (helper text) and Error Text
WinForms Text Edit UI Elements

Floating Labels & Emojis

Yup – it's here if you need. Our Windows Forms Text Edit components support use of floating labels so you can eliminate field labels from all your forms.

Oh, and when users insert a string that contains an emoji, or press the Win+. hotkey to generate an emoji from the Windows library, DevExpress WinForms Text Editors can display them automatically (or should we say automagically).

Floating Labels & Emojis

WinForms Input Masks

Our mask engine is simply amazing. Download our free 30-day trial and compare our implementation to our competition. We think you'll agree with our assessment.

Masks help define the way in which data can be entered within an application and help ensure data consistency and information reliability. DevExpress WinForms Mask options include: autocomplete, character casing, beep on error, use mask as display format, etc. Our fully integrated WinForms Mask Editor for Visual Studio makes design-time mask configuration a breeze.

We fully support the following mask types:

  • Simple
  • Numeric
  • Date-Time / TimeSpan
  • Simplified & Extended Regular Expressions (RegEx)
WinForms Input Masks

Data Validation & Error Indication

Yes, you guessed it - Our WinForms Data Editors Library ships with a powerhouse data validation engine so you can reduce data entry errors and improve the overall usability of your application with meaningful error indicators and text-based feedback.

Data validation options include:

  • Automatic Validation via Masks
  • Manual (Event-based) Validation
  • Conditional Validation
  • Validate against another Control
  • Validate on Enter Key
  • Error Icons and Tooltips
Data Validation & Error Indication

Value Formatting & Parsing

With our WinForms Text and Data Editors, your users can view and manipulate data on-screen while giving you total control over data validation and value formatting. With the following built-in options, app data will always be clear, concise, and accurate:

Value Formatting & Parsing

Text Selection on Steroids

WinForms data editing will never be easier. From word to paragraph selection and everything in between, our WinForms Text Editors support all common text selection behaviors. Text selection options include:

  • Copy-Cut-Paste Selection
  • Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts
  • Select All via Context Menu
  • Skin-based Text Selection Color
  • Smooth Caret Movement
  • Hide Selection
  • Selection Management API
Text Selection on Steroids

Context Menu

DevExpress WinForms Text Editors include a built-in context menu. This menu offers easy access to frequently used commands (such as Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Select All). And yes, like so many of our the features within our WinForms package, you can customize our default context menu, provide a custom menu as needed, or bind a shortcut menu (ContextMenuStrip) to your text editor.

Context Menu

Super Tooltips & Hints

Super-duper might be an understatement for our tooltips. The DevExpress WinForms Text and Data Editors Library can display informative text when users hover over or focus individual controls. You can choose between simple hints and advanced infotips (Super Tooltips). Simple hints include an icon and text label. Super Tooltips allow you to display graphics and multi-line content as needed. Super Tooltip features include:

  • Title
  • Content
  • Separators
  • Footer
  • Images and Icons
  • HTML Tags Support
  • Appearance Options (BackColor, ForeColor, Font, etc.)
  • Visual Studio Tooltip Editor with Live Preview
Super Tooltips & Hints

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WinForms UI Templates (EAP)

Jump start the form development process via polished and ready-to-use 'templates'. The motivation behind our WinForms UI Templates is to create ready-to-use UI solutions for real-life line-of-business (LOB) apps and eliminate the need for routine UI customizations. Read about UI Templates

Touch Enabled User Experience

Deliver elegant, touch-enabled WinForms applications using the platform you know and love. The WinForms Subscription helps you leverage your current investments and address customer needs via a comprehensive range of WinForms controls that support touch on both Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Sec 508 and Accessibility

The DevExpress WinForms Subscription makes it easy to create WinForms applications that meet government regulations regarding accessibility. Sec 508 and Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 support is available for key DevExpress WinForms controls. Download VPAT

Straightforward Localization

All DevExpress WinForms controls can be localized using satellite resource assemblies. DevExpress delivers satellite assemblies for a large variety of languages and cultures. To help you get started, resource files for four cultures are included in our installation: German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. If you need to modify our shipping resources or create satellite assemblies for a different language, simply use our Online Localization Service, a free tool for our active WinForms subscribers. Online Localization Service

Testing Support

The DevExpress Universal Subscription includes built-in support for Microsoft's CodedUI. Unlike many vendors claiming support for Coded UI through the simple use of MSAA, DevExpress controls go the extra mile to make certain that individual controls fully comply with Microsoft's testing framework. We don't simply support Coded UI; we support it to the maximum extent possible. Note: CodedUI support requires purchase of the DevExpress Universal Subscription. Learn more about Coded UI

MVVM Framework

The DevExpress MVVM Framework ships with features that are absent in WinForms, but essential to MVVM development. These missing features include bindings, commands, UI triggers, behaviors etc. Our Framework includes all of these along with a straightforward API to make WinForms app development more efficient. Learn more about MVVM Framework

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Visual Studio 2017
Visual Studio 2015
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Visual Studio 2012
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Visual Studio 2017
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