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Let’s take a look at some of the lesser known properties in the Entry control that help us build a great user experience in our .NET MAUI app.

The Entry control is an important component of .NET MAUI. Here are six useful properties of this control that can simplify your app development.

We frequently use the Text, Placeholder or FontSize properties, but there are also many other super useful properties that are not as well-known. For instance, did you know that you can enable a clear button on an Entry while typing? Or that you can disable spell-checking? 🤔

This article will guide you through a quick implementation of six properties, as summarized below.

1. Clearing your Entry

While user is typing, an X symbol comes up at the end, which would allow user to clear everything

We can enhance the functionality of an Entry by enabling the clear button. This allows the user to delete the complete text of the Entry while typing.

You can accomplish this using the ClearButtonVisibility property, which accepts the following values:

  • WhileEditing: It’s responsible for displaying the clear button in the Entry while it has focus and text.
  • Never: It’s responsible for keeping the button hidden to clear the text. (Default value.)

Let’s see how to do it in code:

<Entry ClearButtonVisibility="WhileEditing"/>

2. Enabling Spell Checking

User types: Is that your? And a tooltip pops up with a suggestion for yours

By default, the Entry has the IsSpellCheckEnabled property enabled, which checks for spelling errors in real time while the user is typing and launches a text suggestion. Sometimes, this can be a bit annoying, but the good news is that we have the option to disable it.

To disable this property, set it to False as shown in the following code:

<Entry IsSpellCheckEnabled="False"/>

3. Enabling Text Prediction

Side by side examples show without text prediction and with text prediction. Without, the user just types one letter at a time. With, three words appear above the keyboard to provide suggested words for faster typing

The IsTextPredictionEnabled property automatically predicts and corrects the Entry text as the user types. By default, this property’s value is True. If you don’t need this feature, you can disable it by setting the property’s value to False as shown in the following example:

<Entry IsTextPredictionEnabled="False"/>

4. Customizing the Keyboard

We can customize the keyboard on our device to meet our needs using the Keyboard property. The property has different default values, which we will outline below:

Default, Chat, Email, Numeric keyboard examples sit side by side. Default has all letters, shift, backspace, a number button to view number keys, space, return, emoji button and mic button. Chat has the same options. Email has an emoji button but not a mic button, and includes an @ symbol and a period. The numeric has 1 through 0, with letter options on them, e.g. 2 has ABC, 3 has DEF, etc. And it has a period and a backspace

  • Default: The default keyboard.
  • Chat: Allows you to send text and emojis.
  • Email: Typically used when entering email addresses.
  • Numeric: Used when entering numbers.

Plain, Telephone, Text, Url keyobards sit side by side. Plain looks like the default keyobard with emoji and mic buttons. Telephone has a grayed out numeric pad below pause, wait, *, # and +. It has a number toggle and a backspace. Text has the default keyboard with the predictive words. Url has the deafult with no mic, plus a period, / and .com

  • Plain: Allows you to enter text without specifying any KeyboardFlags.
  • Telephone: Used when entering telephone numbers.
  • Text: Used when entering text.
  • Url: Allows us to enter file paths and web addresses.

Let’s see how to do it in code:

<Entry Keyboard="Chat" />

5. Setting the Cursor Position

The CursorPosition property lets you indicate the position of the insertion point in the text contained within the Entry control. It takes an integer value.

In the example below, the CursorPosition property is set with 2 as a value in the first image, while in the second image it has a value of 10. (The default value is 0.)

In the text bar is a message, Hello people! Cursor position at 2 has the cursor between the e and first l of hello. At position 10, it’s between the second p and the l of people

Let’s see how to do it in code:

<Entry Text="Hello people!"
  CursorPosition="10" />

6. Establishing the Selection Length

Hello is selected while people! Is not

Finally, we have the SelectionLength property, which allows us to highlight a specific number of characters in the Entry.

To set the number of characters to be highlighted, simply send an integer value, as shown below:

<Entry Text="Hello people!"
  SelectionLength="5" />


I hope this list of helpful properties was beneficial to you! I encourage you to implement them into your daily life and continue exploring others! 💚💕

See you next time! 💁‍♀️


This article was based on the official documentation:

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About the Author

Leomaris Reyes

Leomaris Reyes is a Software Engineer from the Dominican Republic, with more than 5 years of experience. A Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer, she is also the founder of  Stemelle, an entity that works with software developers, training and mentoring with a main goal of including women in Tech. Leomaris really loves learning new things! 💚💕 You can follow her: Twitter, LinkedIn , AskXammy and Medium.

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