Eclipse Platform
Release 4.2

org.eclipse.swt.widgets
Class Text

java.lang.Object
  extended by org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Widget
      extended by org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Control
          extended by org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Scrollable
              extended by org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Text
All Implemented Interfaces:
Drawable

public class Text
extends Scrollable

Instances of this class are selectable user interface objects that allow the user to enter and modify text. Text controls can be either single or multi-line. When a text control is created with a border, the operating system includes a platform specific inset around the contents of the control. When created without a border, an effort is made to remove the inset such that the preferred size of the control is the same size as the contents.

Styles:
CENTER, ICON_CANCEL, ICON_SEARCH, LEFT, MULTI, PASSWORD, SEARCH, SINGLE, RIGHT, READ_ONLY, WRAP
Events:
DefaultSelection, Modify, Verify, OrientationChange

Note: Only one of the styles MULTI and SINGLE may be specified, and only one of the styles LEFT, CENTER, and RIGHT may be specified.

Note: The styles ICON_CANCEL and ICON_SEARCH are hints used in combination with SEARCH. When the platform supports the hint, the text control shows these icons. When an icon is selected, a default selection event is sent with the detail field set to one of ICON_CANCEL or ICON_SEARCH. Normally, application code does not need to check the detail. In the case of ICON_CANCEL, the text is cleared before the default selection event is sent causing the application to search for an empty string.

IMPORTANT: This class is not intended to be subclassed.

See Also:
Text snippets, SWT Example: ControlExample, Sample code and further information
Restriction:
This class is not intended to be subclassed by clients.

Field Summary
static String DELIMITER
          The delimiter used by multi-line text widgets.
static int LIMIT
          The maximum number of characters that can be entered into a text widget.
 
Fields inherited from class org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Control
handle
 
Constructor Summary
Text(Composite parent, int style)
          Constructs a new instance of this class given its parent and a style value describing its behavior and appearance.
 
Method Summary
 void addModifyListener(ModifyListener listener)
          Adds the listener to the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is modified, by sending it one of the messages defined in the ModifyListener interface.
 void addSegmentListener(SegmentListener listener)
          Adds a segment listener.
 void addSelectionListener(SelectionListener listener)
          Adds the listener to the collection of listeners who will be notified when the control is selected by the user, by sending it one of the messages defined in the SelectionListener interface.
 void addVerifyListener(VerifyListener listener)
          Adds the listener to the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is verified, by sending it one of the messages defined in the VerifyListener interface.
 void append(String string)
          Appends a string.
 void clearSelection()
          Clears the selection.
 Point computeSize(int wHint, int hHint, boolean changed)
          Returns the preferred size of the receiver.
 Rectangle computeTrim(int x, int y, int width, int height)
          Given a desired client area for the receiver (as described by the arguments), returns the bounding rectangle which would be required to produce that client area.
 void copy()
          Copies the selected text.
 void cut()
          Cuts the selected text.
 int getBorderWidth()
          Returns the receiver's border width.
 int getCaretLineNumber()
          Returns the line number of the caret.
 Point getCaretLocation()
          Returns a point describing the location of the caret relative to the receiver.
 int getCaretPosition()
          Returns the character position of the caret.
 int getCharCount()
          Returns the number of characters.
 boolean getDoubleClickEnabled()
          Returns the double click enabled flag.
 char getEchoChar()
          Returns the echo character.
 boolean getEditable()
          Returns the editable state.
 int getLineCount()
          Returns the number of lines.
 String getLineDelimiter()
          Returns the line delimiter.
 int getLineHeight()
          Returns the height of a line.
 String getMessage()
          Returns the widget message.
 int getOrientation()
          Returns the orientation of the receiver, which will be one of the constants SWT.LEFT_TO_RIGHT or SWT.RIGHT_TO_LEFT.
 Point getSelection()
          Returns a Point whose x coordinate is the character position representing the start of the selected text, and whose y coordinate is the character position representing the end of the selection.
 int getSelectionCount()
          Returns the number of selected characters.
 String getSelectionText()
          Gets the selected text, or an empty string if there is no current selection.
 int getTabs()
          Returns the number of tabs.
 String getText()
          Returns the widget text.
 String getText(int start, int end)
          Returns a range of text.
 char[] getTextChars()
          Returns the widget's text as a character array.
 int getTextLimit()
          Returns the maximum number of characters that the receiver is capable of holding.
 int getTopIndex()
          Returns the zero-relative index of the line which is currently at the top of the receiver.
 int getTopPixel()
          Returns the top pixel.
 void insert(String string)
          Inserts a string.
 void paste()
          Pastes text from clipboard.
 void removeModifyListener(ModifyListener listener)
          Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is modified.
 void removeSegmentListener(SegmentListener listener)
          Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is modified.
 void removeSelectionListener(SelectionListener listener)
          Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the control is selected by the user.
 void removeVerifyListener(VerifyListener listener)
          Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the control is verified.
 void selectAll()
          Selects all the text in the receiver.
 void setDoubleClickEnabled(boolean doubleClick)
          Sets the double click enabled flag.
 void setEchoChar(char echo)
          Sets the echo character.
 void setEditable(boolean editable)
          Sets the editable state.
 void setFont(Font font)
          Sets the font that the receiver will use to paint textual information to the font specified by the argument, or to the default font for that kind of control if the argument is null.
 void setMessage(String message)
          Sets the widget message.
 void setOrientation(int orientation)
          Sets the orientation of the receiver, which must be one of the constants SWT.LEFT_TO_RIGHT or SWT.RIGHT_TO_LEFT.
 void setRedraw(boolean redraw)
          If the argument is false, causes subsequent drawing operations in the receiver to be ignored.
 void setSelection(int start)
          Sets the selection.
 void setSelection(int start, int end)
          Sets the selection to the range specified by the given start and end indices.
 void setSelection(Point selection)
          Sets the selection to the range specified by the given point, where the x coordinate represents the start index and the y coordinate represents the end index.
 void setTabs(int tabs)
          Sets the number of tabs.
 void setText(String string)
          Sets the contents of the receiver to the given string.
 void setTextChars(char[] text)
          Sets the contents of the receiver to the characters in the array.
 void setTextLimit(int limit)
          Sets the maximum number of characters that the receiver is capable of holding to be the argument.
 void setTopIndex(int index)
          Sets the zero-relative index of the line which is currently at the top of the receiver.
 void showSelection()
          Shows the selection.
 
Methods inherited from class org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Scrollable
getClientArea, getHorizontalBar, getScrollbarsMode, getVerticalBar
 
Methods inherited from class org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Control
addControlListener, addDragDetectListener, addFocusListener, addGestureListener, addHelpListener, addKeyListener, addMenuDetectListener, addMouseListener, addMouseMoveListener, addMouseTrackListener, addMouseWheelListener, addPaintListener, addTouchListener, addTraverseListener, computeSize, dragDetect, dragDetect, forceFocus, getAccessible, getBackground, getBackgroundImage, getBounds, getCursor, getDragDetect, getEnabled, getFont, getForeground, getLayoutData, getLocation, getMenu, getMonitor, getParent, getRegion, getShell, getSize, getToolTipText, getTouchEnabled, getVisible, internal_dispose_GC, internal_new_GC, isEnabled, isFocusControl, isReparentable, isVisible, moveAbove, moveBelow, pack, pack, print, redraw, redraw, removeControlListener, removeDragDetectListener, removeFocusListener, removeGestureListener, removeHelpListener, removeKeyListener, removeMenuDetectListener, removeMouseListener, removeMouseMoveListener, removeMouseTrackListener, removeMouseWheelListener, removePaintListener, removeTouchListener, removeTraverseListener, setBackground, setBackgroundImage, setBounds, setBounds, setCapture, setCursor, setDragDetect, setEnabled, setFocus, setForeground, setLayoutData, setLocation, setLocation, setMenu, setParent, setRegion, setSize, setSize, setToolTipText, setTouchEnabled, setVisible, toControl, toControl, toDisplay, toDisplay, traverse, traverse, traverse, update
 
Methods inherited from class org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Widget
addDisposeListener, addListener, checkSubclass, checkWidget, dispose, getData, getData, getDisplay, getListeners, getStyle, isDisposed, isListening, notifyListeners, removeDisposeListener, removeListener, removeListener, reskin, setData, setData, toString
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

LIMIT

public static final int LIMIT
The maximum number of characters that can be entered into a text widget.

Note that this value is platform dependent, based upon the native widget implementation.


DELIMITER

public static final String DELIMITER
The delimiter used by multi-line text widgets. When text is queried and from the widget, it will be delimited using this delimiter.

Constructor Detail

Text

public Text(Composite parent,
            int style)
Constructs a new instance of this class given its parent and a style value describing its behavior and appearance.

The style value is either one of the style constants defined in class SWT which is applicable to instances of this class, or must be built by bitwise OR'ing together (that is, using the int "|" operator) two or more of those SWT style constants. The class description lists the style constants that are applicable to the class. Style bits are also inherited from superclasses.

Parameters:
parent - a composite control which will be the parent of the new instance (cannot be null)
style - the style of control to construct
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the parent is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the parent
  • ERROR_INVALID_SUBCLASS - if this class is not an allowed subclass
See Also:
SWT.SINGLE, SWT.MULTI, SWT.READ_ONLY, SWT.WRAP, SWT.LEFT, SWT.RIGHT, SWT.CENTER, SWT.PASSWORD, SWT.SEARCH, SWT.ICON_SEARCH, SWT.ICON_CANCEL, Widget.checkSubclass(), Widget.getStyle()
Method Detail

addModifyListener

public void addModifyListener(ModifyListener listener)
Adds the listener to the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is modified, by sending it one of the messages defined in the ModifyListener interface.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should be notified
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
ModifyListener, removeModifyListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.ModifyListener)

addSegmentListener

public void addSegmentListener(SegmentListener listener)
Adds a segment listener.

A SegmentEvent is sent whenever text content is being modified. The user can customize appearance of text by indicating certain characters to be inserted at certain text offsets. This may be used for bidi purposes, e.g. when adjacent segments of right-to-left text should not be reordered relative to each other. E.g., Multiple Java string literals in a right-to-left language should generally remain in logical order to each other, that is, the way they are stored.
After SegmentListener is added, user may call setText(String) for segments to take effect.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should be notified
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
3.8
See Also:
SegmentEvent, SegmentListener, removeSegmentListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.SegmentListener)

addSelectionListener

public void addSelectionListener(SelectionListener listener)
Adds the listener to the collection of listeners who will be notified when the control is selected by the user, by sending it one of the messages defined in the SelectionListener interface.

widgetSelected is not called for texts. widgetDefaultSelected is typically called when ENTER is pressed in a single-line text, or when ENTER is pressed in a search text. If the receiver has the SWT.SEARCH | SWT.ICON_CANCEL style and the user cancels the search, the event object detail field contains the value SWT.ICON_CANCEL. Likewise, if the receiver has the SWT.ICON_SEARCH style and the icon search is selected, the event object detail field contains the value SWT.ICON_SEARCH.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should be notified when the control is selected by the user
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
SelectionListener, removeSelectionListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.SelectionListener), SelectionEvent

addVerifyListener

public void addVerifyListener(VerifyListener listener)
Adds the listener to the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is verified, by sending it one of the messages defined in the VerifyListener interface.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should be notified
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
VerifyListener, removeVerifyListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.VerifyListener)

append

public void append(String string)
Appends a string.

The new text is appended to the text at the end of the widget.

Parameters:
string - the string to be appended
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the string is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

clearSelection

public void clearSelection()
Clears the selection.

Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

computeSize

public Point computeSize(int wHint,
                         int hHint,
                         boolean changed)
Description copied from class: Control
Returns the preferred size of the receiver.

The preferred size of a control is the size that it would best be displayed at. The width hint and height hint arguments allow the caller to ask a control questions such as "Given a particular width, how high does the control need to be to show all of the contents?" To indicate that the caller does not wish to constrain a particular dimension, the constant SWT.DEFAULT is passed for the hint.

If the changed flag is true, it indicates that the receiver's contents have changed, therefore any caches that a layout manager containing the control may have been keeping need to be flushed. When the control is resized, the changed flag will be false, so layout manager caches can be retained.

Overrides:
computeSize in class Control
Parameters:
wHint - the width hint (can be SWT.DEFAULT)
hHint - the height hint (can be SWT.DEFAULT)
changed - true if the control's contents have changed, and false otherwise
Returns:
the preferred size of the control.
See Also:
Layout, Control.getBorderWidth(), Control.getBounds(), Control.getSize(), Control.pack(boolean), "computeTrim, getClientArea for controls that implement them"

computeTrim

public Rectangle computeTrim(int x,
                             int y,
                             int width,
                             int height)
Description copied from class: Scrollable
Given a desired client area for the receiver (as described by the arguments), returns the bounding rectangle which would be required to produce that client area.

In other words, it returns a rectangle such that, if the receiver's bounds were set to that rectangle, the area of the receiver which is capable of displaying data (that is, not covered by the "trimmings") would be the rectangle described by the arguments (relative to the receiver's parent).

Overrides:
computeTrim in class Scrollable
Parameters:
x - the desired x coordinate of the client area
y - the desired y coordinate of the client area
width - the desired width of the client area
height - the desired height of the client area
Returns:
the required bounds to produce the given client area
See Also:
Scrollable.getClientArea()

copy

public void copy()
Copies the selected text.

The current selection is copied to the clipboard.

Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

cut

public void cut()
Cuts the selected text.

The current selection is first copied to the clipboard and then deleted from the widget.

Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getBorderWidth

public int getBorderWidth()
Description copied from class: Control
Returns the receiver's border width.

Overrides:
getBorderWidth in class Control
Returns:
the border width

getCaretLineNumber

public int getCaretLineNumber()
Returns the line number of the caret.

The line number of the caret is returned.

Returns:
the line number
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getCaretLocation

public Point getCaretLocation()
Returns a point describing the location of the caret relative to the receiver.

Returns:
a point, the location of the caret
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getCaretPosition

public int getCaretPosition()
Returns the character position of the caret.

Indexing is zero based.

Returns:
the position of the caret
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getCharCount

public int getCharCount()
Returns the number of characters.

Returns:
number of characters in the widget
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getDoubleClickEnabled

public boolean getDoubleClickEnabled()
Returns the double click enabled flag.

The double click flag enables or disables the default action of the text widget when the user double clicks.

Returns:
whether or not double click is enabled
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getEchoChar

public char getEchoChar()
Returns the echo character.

The echo character is the character that is displayed when the user enters text or the text is changed by the programmer.

Returns:
the echo character
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
setEchoChar(char)

getEditable

public boolean getEditable()
Returns the editable state.

Returns:
whether or not the receiver is editable
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getLineCount

public int getLineCount()
Returns the number of lines.

Returns:
the number of lines in the widget
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getLineDelimiter

public String getLineDelimiter()
Returns the line delimiter.

Returns:
a string that is the line delimiter
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
DELIMITER

getLineHeight

public int getLineHeight()
Returns the height of a line.

Returns:
the height of a row of text
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getOrientation

public int getOrientation()
Returns the orientation of the receiver, which will be one of the constants SWT.LEFT_TO_RIGHT or SWT.RIGHT_TO_LEFT.

Overrides:
getOrientation in class Control
Returns:
the orientation style
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
2.1.2

getMessage

public String getMessage()
Returns the widget message. The message text is displayed as a hint for the user, indicating the purpose of the field.

Typically this is used in conjunction with SWT.SEARCH.

Returns:
the widget message
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
3.3

getSelection

public Point getSelection()
Returns a Point whose x coordinate is the character position representing the start of the selected text, and whose y coordinate is the character position representing the end of the selection. An "empty" selection is indicated by the x and y coordinates having the same value.

Indexing is zero based. The range of a selection is from 0..N where N is the number of characters in the widget.

Returns:
a point representing the selection start and end
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getSelectionCount

public int getSelectionCount()
Returns the number of selected characters.

Returns:
the number of selected characters.
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getSelectionText

public String getSelectionText()
Gets the selected text, or an empty string if there is no current selection.

Returns:
the selected text
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getTabs

public int getTabs()
Returns the number of tabs.

Tab stop spacing is specified in terms of the space (' ') character. The width of a single tab stop is the pixel width of the spaces.

Returns:
the number of tab characters
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getText

public String getText()
Returns the widget text.

The text for a text widget is the characters in the widget, or an empty string if this has never been set.

Returns:
the widget text
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getTextChars

public char[] getTextChars()
Returns the widget's text as a character array.

The text for a text widget is the characters in the widget, or a zero-length array if this has never been set.

Returns:
a character array that contains the widget's text
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
3.7
See Also:
setTextChars(char[])

getText

public String getText(int start,
                      int end)
Returns a range of text. Returns an empty string if the start of the range is greater than the end.

Indexing is zero based. The range of a selection is from 0..N-1 where N is the number of characters in the widget.

Parameters:
start - the start of the range
end - the end of the range
Returns:
the range of text
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getTextLimit

public int getTextLimit()
Returns the maximum number of characters that the receiver is capable of holding.

If this has not been changed by setTextLimit(), it will be the constant Text.LIMIT.

Returns:
the text limit
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
LIMIT

getTopIndex

public int getTopIndex()
Returns the zero-relative index of the line which is currently at the top of the receiver.

This index can change when lines are scrolled or new lines are added or removed.

Returns:
the index of the top line
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

getTopPixel

public int getTopPixel()
Returns the top pixel.

The top pixel is the pixel position of the line that is currently at the top of the widget. On some platforms, a text widget can be scrolled by pixels instead of lines so that a partial line is displayed at the top of the widget.

The top pixel changes when the widget is scrolled. The top pixel does not include the widget trimming.

Returns:
the pixel position of the top line
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

insert

public void insert(String string)
Inserts a string.

The old selection is replaced with the new text.

Parameters:
string - the string
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the string is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

paste

public void paste()
Pastes text from clipboard.

The selected text is deleted from the widget and new text inserted from the clipboard.

Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

removeModifyListener

public void removeModifyListener(ModifyListener listener)
Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is modified.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should no longer be notified
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
ModifyListener, addModifyListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.ModifyListener)

removeSegmentListener

public void removeSegmentListener(SegmentListener listener)
Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the receiver's text is modified.

After SegmentListener is removed, user may call setText(String) for segments to take effect.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should no longer be notified
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
3.8
See Also:
SegmentEvent, SegmentListener, addSegmentListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.SegmentListener)

removeSelectionListener

public void removeSelectionListener(SelectionListener listener)
Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the control is selected by the user.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should no longer be notified
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
SelectionListener, addSelectionListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.SelectionListener)

removeVerifyListener

public void removeVerifyListener(VerifyListener listener)
Removes the listener from the collection of listeners who will be notified when the control is verified.

Parameters:
listener - the listener which should no longer be notified
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the listener is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
VerifyListener, addVerifyListener(org.eclipse.swt.events.VerifyListener)

selectAll

public void selectAll()
Selects all the text in the receiver.

Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setDoubleClickEnabled

public void setDoubleClickEnabled(boolean doubleClick)
Sets the double click enabled flag.

The double click flag enables or disables the default action of the text widget when the user double clicks.

Note: This operation is a hint and is not supported on platforms that do not have this concept.

Parameters:
doubleClick - the new double click flag
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setEchoChar

public void setEchoChar(char echo)
Sets the echo character.

The echo character is the character that is displayed when the user enters text or the text is changed by the programmer. Setting the echo character to '\0' clears the echo character and redraws the original text. If for any reason the echo character is invalid, or if the platform does not allow modification of the echo character, the default echo character for the platform is used.

Parameters:
echo - the new echo character
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setEditable

public void setEditable(boolean editable)
Sets the editable state.

Parameters:
editable - the new editable state
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setFont

public void setFont(Font font)
Description copied from class: Control
Sets the font that the receiver will use to paint textual information to the font specified by the argument, or to the default font for that kind of control if the argument is null.

Overrides:
setFont in class Control
Parameters:
font - the new font (or null)

setMessage

public void setMessage(String message)
Sets the widget message. The message text is displayed as a hint for the user, indicating the purpose of the field.

Typically this is used in conjunction with SWT.SEARCH.

Parameters:
message - the new message
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the message is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
3.3

setOrientation

public void setOrientation(int orientation)
Sets the orientation of the receiver, which must be one of the constants SWT.LEFT_TO_RIGHT or SWT.RIGHT_TO_LEFT.

Note: This operation is a hint and is not supported on platforms that do not have this concept.

Overrides:
setOrientation in class Control
Parameters:
orientation - new orientation style
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
2.1.2

setSelection

public void setSelection(int start)
Sets the selection.

Indexing is zero based. The range of a selection is from 0..N where N is the number of characters in the widget.

Text selections are specified in terms of caret positions. In a text widget that contains N characters, there are N+1 caret positions, ranging from 0..N. This differs from other functions that address character position such as getText () that use the regular array indexing rules.

Parameters:
start - new caret position
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setSelection

public void setSelection(int start,
                         int end)
Sets the selection to the range specified by the given start and end indices.

Indexing is zero based. The range of a selection is from 0..N where N is the number of characters in the widget.

Text selections are specified in terms of caret positions. In a text widget that contains N characters, there are N+1 caret positions, ranging from 0..N. This differs from other functions that address character position such as getText () that use the usual array indexing rules.

Parameters:
start - the start of the range
end - the end of the range
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setRedraw

public void setRedraw(boolean redraw)
Description copied from class: Control
If the argument is false, causes subsequent drawing operations in the receiver to be ignored. No drawing of any kind can occur in the receiver until the flag is set to true. Graphics operations that occurred while the flag was false are lost. When the flag is set to true, the entire widget is marked as needing to be redrawn. Nested calls to this method are stacked.

Note: This operation is a hint and may not be supported on some platforms or for some widgets.

Overrides:
setRedraw in class Control
Parameters:
redraw - the new redraw state
See Also:
Control.redraw(int, int, int, int, boolean), Control.update()

setSelection

public void setSelection(Point selection)
Sets the selection to the range specified by the given point, where the x coordinate represents the start index and the y coordinate represents the end index.

Indexing is zero based. The range of a selection is from 0..N where N is the number of characters in the widget.

Text selections are specified in terms of caret positions. In a text widget that contains N characters, there are N+1 caret positions, ranging from 0..N. This differs from other functions that address character position such as getText () that use the usual array indexing rules.

Parameters:
selection - the point
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the point is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setTabs

public void setTabs(int tabs)
Sets the number of tabs.

Tab stop spacing is specified in terms of the space (' ') character. The width of a single tab stop is the pixel width of the spaces.

Parameters:
tabs - the number of tabs
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setText

public void setText(String string)
Sets the contents of the receiver to the given string. If the receiver has style SINGLE and the argument contains multiple lines of text, the result of this operation is undefined and may vary from platform to platform.

Parameters:
string - the new text
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the string is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

setTextChars

public void setTextChars(char[] text)
Sets the contents of the receiver to the characters in the array. If the receiver has style SWT.SINGLE and the argument contains multiple lines of text then the result of this operation is undefined and may vary between platforms.

Parameters:
text - a character array that contains the new text
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_NULL_ARGUMENT - if the array is null
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
Since:
3.7
See Also:
getTextChars()

setTextLimit

public void setTextLimit(int limit)
Sets the maximum number of characters that the receiver is capable of holding to be the argument.

Instead of trying to set the text limit to zero, consider creating a read-only text widget.

To reset this value to the default, use setTextLimit(Text.LIMIT). Specifying a limit value larger than Text.LIMIT sets the receiver's limit to Text.LIMIT.

Parameters:
limit - new text limit
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException -
  • ERROR_CANNOT_BE_ZERO - if the limit is zero
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver
See Also:
LIMIT

setTopIndex

public void setTopIndex(int index)
Sets the zero-relative index of the line which is currently at the top of the receiver. This index can change when lines are scrolled or new lines are added and removed.

Parameters:
index - the index of the top item
Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

showSelection

public void showSelection()
Shows the selection.

If the selection is already showing in the receiver, this method simply returns. Otherwise, lines are scrolled until the selection is visible.

Throws:
SWTException -
  • ERROR_WIDGET_DISPOSED - if the receiver has been disposed
  • ERROR_THREAD_INVALID_ACCESS - if not called from the thread that created the receiver

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