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Disable a textbox (winforms) but without changing colors?

Posted on 2006-06-19
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Hi there,

Can anyone suggest a way to disable textboxes and stop them getting focus without changing the colours..

I have tried putting the textboxes in panels and groupboxes ... and then disabling the group/panel.. and it does work but the textboxes automatically change colors to look like they are dimmed... and i want to stop this...

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance

Ian
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Question by:ianinspain
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by:BlackTigerX
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make it readOnly
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by:dstanley9
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From http://www.windowsforms.net/FAQs/default.aspx?PageID=3&CategoryID=3&SubcategoryID=78:


How do I specify the text color of a read-only or disabled TextBox?  
 
When I set a TextBox to Readonly or set Enabled to false, the text color is gray. How can I force it to be the color specified in the ForeColor property of the TextBox?

You can download a VB.NET sample.

Override the OnPaint event of the TextBox. For example:

protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)
{
  SolidBrush drawBrush = new SolidBrush( ForeColor ); //Use the ForeColor property
  // Draw string to screen.
  e.Graphics.DrawString( Text, Font, drawBrush, 0f, 0f ); //Use the Font property
}


Note: You need to set the ControlStyles to "UserPaint" in the constructor.

public MyTextBox()
{
  // This call is required by the Windows.Forms Form Designer.
  SetStyle( ControlStyles.UserPaint, true );
  InitializeComponent();
}


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by:pgloor
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Make the TextBox'es ReadOnly AND set the BackColor to the color you want to see
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Éric Moreau earned 2000 total points
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see an article I wrote in July 2005 from http://emoreau.s2i.com/
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