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  • Edit control overview
  • Create an "Edit" control
  • Main features of the "General" tab
  • Type of an Edit control
  • Types and masks
  • Main features of the "UI" tab
  • Initial state
  • Parameters
  • Buttons integrated into the input area
  • Main features of the "Details" tab
  • Main features of the "Help" tab
  • Displaying a hint text in an Edit control
  • Main features of the "Style" tab
  • Edit control style
  • Converting an Edit control to a Static control
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Edit control overview
The Edit control allows users to enter data. This control can also be used to view information.

Create an "Edit" control

To create an "Edit" control:
  1. On the "Creation" tab, in the "Usual controls" group, click .
  2. Click where the control will be created in the window or page. The control appears in the editor.
Remark: You can also choose an Edit control from a list of preset controls by expanding "Edit". The list of available controls is displayed with the project skin template. Simply click the control you want to create in the editor.
To view the control characteristics, select "Description" in the context menu.
Report editor: You also have the ability to create an Edit control in a report. For more details, see Input in the reports.
Main features of the "General" tab

Type of an Edit control

The format of an Edit control depends on the type of information displayed or entered. The following types of edit controls can be created:
  • Text to display or enter a string (name, address, etc.).
  • Multiline text to display or enter several lines separated by a "Carriage Return".
  • WINDEV RTF text to enter and display information in RTF.
  • WINDEV Markdown read-onlyto display Markdown text.
  • Password: when typing information, all characters will be replaced with asterisks on the screen.
  • Numeric to display or enter a numeric value (weight, etc.). The "+++" characters are displayed if the control is not large enough to display the entire number.
  • Currency to display or enter monetary values.
  • Currency + Euro to manage prices for example
  • Date to display or enter dates.
  • Time to enter or display times.
  • Duration to enter or display durations.
  • Text tokens to manage an input with tokens.
WINDEV For Text Edit controls, you can check File path autocomplete. This option shows the different directories and files accessible as the user types a file name with its path. This option is not available if the control already uses standard input suggestions.

Types and masks

  • Input mask: Several input masks can be used for each type of Edit control.
    These input masks are multilingual: different input masks can be selected according to the runtime language of the project. For more details, see Multiple languages in the controls.
    These input masks can be modified programmatically with the InputMask property.
  • WINDEVJava Display mask: You can also define display masks for some types of controls (Currency, Currency + Euro, Date, Time and Duration). These display masks are used to define the characteristics of the control when it is not in edit.
    For example, a Date control can have:
    • the input mask: "MM/DD/YYYY".
    • the display mask: "DDDD DD MMMM YYYY" (long date format).
      Display masks can be multilingual and can be modified programmatically with the DisplayMask property.
Main features of the "UI" tab

Initial state

The initial state of an Edit control is the default state of the control when the window or page is opened. The following states are available:


  • WINDEV Support Markdown: This option enables or disables Markdown rendering. For more details, see Markdown.
  • TAB key action: This option makes a control accessible or inaccessible via the Tab key. By default, the "Accessible by TAB" option is selected when a control is created. All controls accessible via the Tab key are automatically included in window tab order. By default, the tab order is the order in which the controls are created in the window. For more details, see Tab order in a window, a page, etc..
New in version 2024

Buttons integrated into the input area

An Edit control can contain different buttons in the input area:
  • A button on the left.
  • A button on the right.
  • A delete button.
For more details, see Buttons in the input area.
Main features of the "Details" tab
An Edit control can:
  • WINDEV be used to perform a drag-and-drop operation. For more details, see Drag and Drop.
  • WINDEVWindows use input suggestions: When a user enters data in the control, the application automatically proposes the corresponding value from the HFSQL key item linked to the control.
    For example, in the "City" control, "London" is automatically proposed once "Lo" is typed.
    This feature can only be used with key items and Text items.
    Input suggestions cannot be used with non-key items, numeric items, or if an input mask is used for dates. For more details, see Input suggestions in an Edit control
An Edit control can also include:
  • WINDEVWindows a spelling checker that uses:
    • the OpenOffice dictionary installed on the computer, or a spelling and grammar checker that uses the Word dictionary.
    • an integrated spelling checker (based on Hunspell dictionaries).
  • WINDEVWindows an input history: When a users starts typing in the control, the list of values previously entered will appear automatically. This input history is not available for multiline controls. For more details, see Saving entered data (AAF).
Main features of the "Help" tab

Displaying a hint text in an Edit control

The hint text is used to display a help text in the empty edit control. This help text disappears automatically as soon as the user enters the first character in the control.
Example of a hint text
This hint text is available for:
  • Text Edit controls.
  • WINDEV Numeric, Currency and Currency + Euro Edit controls.
    To show the hint text in Numeric, Currency or Currency + Euro edit controls, the option "Blank if zero" must be checked ("Details" tab of the control description).
    You can also display the lower bound and the upper bound of the numeric edit control:
    • in the hint text ("Display the bounds in the hint text" in the "Details" tab of the control description).
    • in the control tooltip ("Display the bounds in the tooltip" in the "Details" tab of the control description).
The help text can be typed:
  • in the Edit control description window ("Help" tab in WINDEV/WINDEV Mobile and "Content" tab in WEBDEV).
  • programmatically with the Hint property.
WINDEV The style of the hint text displayed in the control can be configured in the "Style" tab. By default, it corresponds to the style of the input area, in gray and italic. To modify it, simply select "Hint text" and check "Customize the style of the hint text".
The HintTextColor property gets and sets the color of the hint text programmatically.
Main features of the "Style" tab

Edit control style

The "Style" tab allows you to customize the appearance of all the elements in the Edit control. You can apply styles to different elements:
  • The control caption: You can define the text font, position, color, etc.
  • The outside border.
  • The text in the input area.
  • The input area: For example, you can define the background color, border color, ...
    Remark: The "Margins" button allows you to set the margins between the text and the border of of the input area.
  • The hint text.
  • The tokens (if any).
  • Invalid or required input indicators.
  • ...
Converting an Edit control to a Static control
WINDEVUniversal Windows 10 AppJava WINDEV and WINDEV Mobile allow you to automatically convert an Edit control to several Static controls:
  1. Select the Edit control to be converted.
  2. On the "Modification" tab, in the "Transformations" group, expand "Refactoring and swapping" and select "Edit control to Static".
A Static control is automatically created for the caption of the Edit control and also for the input area.
Related Examples:
The special characters Unit examples (WINDEV): The special characters
[ + ] Handling special characters in an RTF control and viewing the ASCII and ANSI codes.
The voice recognition functions Unit examples (WINDEV): The voice recognition functions
[ + ] Using the voice recognition functions.
The voice commands of Windows Vista (or Windows XP, with a specific software) are used to control WINDEV applications with the voice.
A WINDEV application already responds to the voice when the user dictates in an edit control or spells out the caption of a button.
You also have the ability to program a specific voice command to perform a specific action.
Advanced input mask Unit examples (WINDEV): Advanced input mask
[ + ] Handling the input masks in WINDEV:
- Defining the format of positive/negative number in a numeric edit control
- Defining how negative numbers will be displayed in a numeric edit control
- Defining how the value 0 will be displayed in a numeric edit control
- Using a regular expression to prevent from typing characters other than 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
- Using a regular expression to "regulate" the input of a French registration number
WD Search Control Training (WINDEV): WD Search Control
[ + ] This example explains how to manage an edit control used to perform FullText searches of "google" type in your database.
WW_Rewali Complete examples (WEBDEV): WW_Rewali
[ + ] This example is a site for travel booking.

It proposes travels at very attractive prices.
You have the ability to choose the travel duration, the start dates, then validate the purchase until the payment via Paypal.

It is using the "scrolling banner" control and the planes.
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  • Version 9
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