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How to set the Alignment of the Text in the TextBox in C#?

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In Windows forms, TextBox plays an important role. With the help of TextBox, the user can enter data in the application, it can be of a single line or of multiple lines. In TextBox, you are allowed to set the alignment of the text present in the TextBox by using the TextAlign Property of the TextBox. The default value of this property is HorizontalAlignment Left. In Windows form, you can set this property in two different ways: 1. Design-Time: It is the simplest way to set the TextAlign property of the TextBox as shown in the following steps:

  • Step 1: Create a windows form. Visual Studio -> File -> New -> Project -> WindowsFormApp
  • Step 2: Drag the TextBox control from the ToolBox and drop it on the windows form. You can place TextBox anywhere on the windows form according to your need.
  • Step 3: After drag and drop you will go to the properties of the TextBox control to set the TextAlign property of the TextBox. Output:

2. Run-Time: It is a little bit trickier than the above method. In this method, you can set the TextAlign property of the TextBox programmatically with the help of given syntax:

public System.Windows.Forms.HorizontalAlignment TextAlign { get; set; }

Here, the HorizontalAlignment is used to represent the HorizontalAlignment enumeration values that specify how text is aligned in the TextBox control. Following steps are used to set the TextAlign property of the TextBox:

  • Step 1 : Create a textbox using the TextBox() constructor provided by the TextBox class.
// Creating textbox
TextBox Mytextbox = new TextBox();
  • Step 2 : After creating TextBox, set the TextAlign property of the TextBox provided by the TextBox class.
// Set TextAlign property
Mytextbox.TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Center;
  • Step 3 : And last add this textbox control to form using Add() method.
// Add this textbox to form
  • Example: 


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Windows.Forms;
namespace my {
public partial class Form1 : Form {
    public Form1()
    private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        // Creating and setting the properties of Lable1
        Label Mylablel = new Label();
        Mylablel.Location = new Point(96, 54);
        Mylablel.Text = "Enter City";
        Mylablel.AutoSize = true;
        Mylablel.BackColor = Color.LightGray;
        // Add this label to form
        // Creating and setting the properties of TextBox1
        TextBox Mytextbox = new TextBox();
        Mytextbox.Location = new Point(187, 51);
        Mytextbox.BackColor = Color.LightGray;
        Mytextbox.ForeColor = Color.DarkOliveGreen;
        Mytextbox.AutoSize = true;
        Mytextbox.Name = "text_box1";
        Mytextbox.TextAlign = HorizontalAlignment.Center;
        // Add this textbox to form

  • Output:

Last Updated : 20 Apr, 2023
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