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Insert variable at the cursor in an textbox

Posted on 2004-09-25
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I've a function which inserts todays date in a textbox like this: textbox.Text = textbox.Text + date
As you can see the date gets written in the end of the textbox.

How it looks like now, if I insert the date:
"I was in Sweden. It was fun." + date

I wanna have it like this:
"I was in Sweden" + date + ". It was fun."

I've tested some with SelectStart and so on, but with no success.
Hopes you understand and are willing to help =)!
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Question by:stromberg10
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Mike Tomlinson earned 50 total points
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The following will change whatever the currently selected text in the box is to the current date.  If nothing is currently selected, then the date will be inserted wherever the cursor is.

    Private Sub Button2_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button2.Click
        TextBox1.SelectedText = DateTime.Now().ToShortDateString
    End Sub

Regards,

Idle_Mind
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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If you need to programmatically position the cursor before you insert the date then set the focus to the box and use the SelectionStart and SelectionLength properties:

        TextBox1.Focus()
        TextBox1.SelectionStart = 5
        TextBox1.SelectionLength = 0

~IM
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by:stromberg10
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I made it myself :D, but thanks for the help!

I did like this:
textBox.Text = textBox.Text.Insert(textBox.SelectionStart, Date.Now)
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