TextArea

The TextArea is a widget that enables a user to enter and edit a multi-line text.

Included in: dx.mobile.js, dx.web.js, dx.viz-web.js, dx.all.js
Module: ui/text_area
Export: default
TextArea interactive configuration
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$("#textarea").dxTextArea({
});

                    

DevExtreme widgets are integrated with many popular libraries and frameworks. See the Installation section (for JavaScript libraries) or the Prerequisites and Installation section (for ASP.NET MVC framework) to find details on setting up DevExtreme with a particular library or framework.

The following code shows how to create the TextArea widget using every supported library and framework. For more details on working with widgets in these libraries and frameworks, see the Widget Basics topic for jQuery, Angular, AngularJS, Knockout or ASP.NET MVC.

jQuery
JavaScript
HTML
$(function() {
    $("#textArea").dxTextArea({
        placeholder: "Type a text here..."
    });
});
<div id="textArea"></div>
Angular
HTML
TypeScript
<dx-text-area placeholder="Type a text here..."></dx-text-area>
import { DxTextAreaModule } from "devextreme-angular"
// ...
export class AppComponent {
    // ...
}
@NgModule({
    imports: [
        // ...
        DxTextAreaModule
    ],
    // ...
})
AngularJS
HTML
<div dx-text-area="{
    placeholder: 'Type a text here...'
}"></div>
Knockout
HTML
<div data-bind="dxTextArea: {
    placeholder: 'Type a text here...'
}"></div>
ASP.NET MVC Controls
Razor C#
Razor VB
@(Html.DevExtreme().TextArea()
    .ID("textArea")
    .Placeholder("Type a text here...")
)
@(Html.DevExtreme().TextArea() _
    .ID("textArea") _
    .Placeholder("Type a text here...")
)

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Configuration

An object defining configuration options for the TextArea widget.

Name Description
accessKey

Specifies the shortcut key that sets focus on the widget.

activeStateEnabled

Specifies whether or not the widget changes its state when interacting with a user.

autoResizeEnabled

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the auto resizing mode is enabled.

disabled

Specifies whether the widget responds to user interaction.

elementAttr

Specifies the attributes to be attached to the widget's root element.

focusStateEnabled

Specifies whether the widget can be focused using keyboard navigation.

height

Specifies the widget's height.

hint

Specifies text for a hint that appears when a user pauses on the widget.

hoverStateEnabled

Specifies whether the widget changes its state when a user pauses on it.

inputAttr

Specifies the attributes to be passed on to the underlying HTML element.

isValid

Specifies whether the editor's value is valid.

maxHeight

Specifies the maximum height of the widget.

maxLength

Specifies the maximum number of characters you can enter into the textbox.

minHeight

Specifies the minimum height of the widget.

name

The value to be assigned to the name attribute of the underlying HTML element.

onChange

A function that is executed when the widget loses focus after the content has been changed.

onContentReady

A function that is executed when the widget's content is ready and each time the content is changed.

onCopy

A function that is executed when the widget's input has been copied.

onCut

A function that is executed when the widget's input has been cut.

onDisposing

A function that is executed before the widget is disposed of.

onEnterKey

A function that is executed when the Enter key has been pressed while the widget is focused.

onFocusIn

A function that is executed when the widget gets focus.

onFocusOut

A function that is executed when the widget loses focus.

onInitialized

A function that is executed only once, after the widget is initialized.

onInput

A function that is executed each time the widget's input is changed while the widget is focused.

onKeyDown

A function that is executed when a user is pressing a key on the keyboard.

onKeyPress

A function that is executed when a user presses a key on the keyboard.

onKeyUp

A function that is executed when a user releases a key on the keyboard.

onOptionChanged

A function that is executed after a widget option is changed.

onPaste

A function that is executed when the widget's input has been pasted.

onValueChanged

A function that is executed after the widget's value is changed.

placeholder

The text displayed by the widget when the widget value is empty.

readOnly

A Boolean value specifying whether or not the widget is read-only.

rtlEnabled

Switches the widget to a right-to-left representation.

spellcheck

Specifies whether or not the widget checks the inner text for spelling mistakes.

stylingMode

Specifies how the widget's text field is styled.

tabIndex

Specifies the number of the element when the Tab key is used for navigating.

text

The read-only option that holds the text displayed by the widget input element.

validationError

Specifies information on the validation error when using a custom validation engine. Should be changed at runtime along with the isValid option.

validationMessageMode

Specifies how the message about the validation rules that are not satisfied by this editor's value is displayed.

value

Specifies a value the widget displays.

valueChangeEvent

Specifies the DOM events after which the widget's value should be updated.

visible

Specifies whether the widget is visible.

width

Specifies the widget's width.

Methods

This section describes the members used to manipulate the widget.

Name Description
beginUpdate()

Prevents the widget from refreshing until the endUpdate() method is called.

blur()

Removes focus from the input element.

defaultOptions(rule)

Specifies the device-dependent default configuration options for this component.

dispose()

Disposes of all the resources allocated to the TextArea instance.

element()

Gets the root widget element.

endUpdate()

Refreshes the widget after a call of the beginUpdate() method.

focus()

Sets focus to the input element representing the widget.

getInstance(element)

Gets the instance of a widget found using its DOM node.

instance()

Gets the widget's instance. Use it to access other methods of the widget.

off(eventName)

Detaches all event handlers from a single event.

off(eventName, eventHandler)

Detaches a particular event handler from a single event.

on(eventName, eventHandler)

Subscribes to an event.

on(events)

Subscribes to events.

option()

Gets all widget options.

option(optionName)

Gets the value of a single option.

option(optionName, optionValue)

Updates the value of a single option.

option(options)

Updates the values of several options.

registerKeyHandler(key, handler)

Registers a handler to be executed when a user presses a specific key.

repaint()

Repaints the widget. Call it if you made modifications that changed the widget's state to invalid.

reset()

Resets the value option to an empty string.

Events

This section describes events fired by this widget.

Name Description
change

Raised when the element loses focus after the content has been changed.

contentReady

Raised when the widget's content is ready.

copy

Raised when the widget's input has been copied.

cut

Raised when the widget's input has been cut.

disposing

Raised before the widget is disposed of.

enterKey

Raised when the Enter key has been pressed while the widget is focused.

focusIn

Raised when the widget loses focus.

focusOut

Raised when the widget gets focus.

initialized

Raised only once, after the widget is initialized.

input

Raised each time the widget's input is changed while the widget is focused.

keyDown

Raised when a user is pressing a key on the keyboard.

keyPress

Raised when a user presses a key on the keyboard.

keyUp

Raised when a user releases a key on the keyboard.

optionChanged

Raised after a widget option is changed.

paste

Raised when the widget's input has been pasted.

valueChanged

Raised after the widget's value is changed.

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