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Posted on 2011-09-30
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In a windows application (C# / VS 2010 Prof) , is there a way to update a textbox with the contents of a List<string> object all at once, instead of looping through the List<string> and adding the strings to the textbox one by one?

Also, is there a way to not update the textbox while it is being updated?
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Question by:Tom Knowlton
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Mike Tomlinson earned 2000 total points
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You can use ToArray() on the List and pass that to String.Join() with a separator.  Or you can just set the Lines() property:
private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            List<string> values = new List<string>();
            values.Add("cat");
            values.Add("dog");
            values.Add("fish");

            textBox1.Lines = values.ToArray();

            // or

            textBox1.Text = String.Join(", ", values.ToArray());

            // or

            textBox1.Text = String.Join(Environment.NewLine, values.ToArray());
        }

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by:Tom Knowlton
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It's tons faster now, too, thanks!
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by:Tom Knowlton
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FOR MY REFERENCE:

        private void buttonCalcDivs_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            List<string> lsmarkup = new List<string>();
            List<string> lscss = new List<string>();

            int maxdivs = Convert.ToInt32(textBoxHowMany.Text);
            int newnamemarker = maxdivs - 26;
            string controlname = textBoxControlName.Text;
            textBoxMarkup.Text = "";
            textBoxCSS.Text = "";
            const string cssbody = "{position:relative;float:left;}";


            for (int i = 0; i < maxdivs; i++)
            {
                if(i < 26)
                {
                    string tempname = controlname  + char.ConvertFromUtf32(i + 65);
                    string tempmarkup = "<div id='" + tempname + "' class='" + tempname + "' runat='server'></div><!-- end of div " + tempname + " -->";
                    lsmarkup.Add(tempmarkup);    
                    lscss.Add("." + tempname + cssbody);
                    //textBoxCSS.Text += "." + tempname + cssbody;                
                }
                else
                {
                    string tempnameextra = controlname + "A" + (i - 25).ToString();
                    string tempmarkupextra = "<div id='" + tempnameextra + "' class='" + tempnameextra + "'></div><!-- end of div " + tempnameextra + " -->";

                    lsmarkup.Add(tempmarkupextra);
                    lscss.Add("." + tempnameextra + cssbody);
                    
                    //textBoxCSS.Text += "." + tempnameextra + cssbody;                
                }
            }




            textBoxMarkup.Lines = lsmarkup.ToArray();

            textBoxCSS.Lines = lscss.ToArray();
        }

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