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Building a simple WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML Editor in C#.

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I have found different code samples showing how to create a visual HTML editor in ASP using a text area. However, I needed a good editor for my WinForms application, but I couldn’t find a good example. Eventually, I wrote one from scratch after I converted some MFC code I found on the net. Based on the IE Browser control, you can create a powerful editor that allows you to manipulate HTML tags visually and add any tags you want.

Using the code

The code is a simple form, and very easy to understand. In order to make it work, you first need to include two COM libraries:

  1. The Microsoft Web Control found in: c:\windows\system32\shdocvw.dll (add as a COM control).
  2. MSHTML: c:\windows\system32\MSHTML.tlb (add as a COM reference).

The reason for the tlb is that the mshtml.dll is used by the Windows system, and therefore is not accessible.

You don't need to worry about deployment: all Windows users will have these DLLs in their system directory.


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Shlomo Schwarcz
Web Developer
Israel Israel
Shlomo had worked for several years as a software engineer and project manager, developing software for the enterprise market, in Microsoft.NET and Java J2EE environment. Before establishing Shefer’s SAP department, Shlomo worked at SAP Labs and took part of the NetWeaver and Enterprise Portal development team.

Shlomo has many years of experience with SAP customers and has also teaches official SAP courses around the world.

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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
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GeneralCongratulations on the good work Pin
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Question[BR /] instead of [P/]? Pin
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AnswerRe: [BR /] instead of [P/]? Pin
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QuestionCan I insert tables? Pin
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AnswerRe: Can I insert tables? Pin
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Generalcopied imaged from ms word doesn't show Pin
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GeneralImages dont apprear when copied from Ms word Pin
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GeneralThanks, just what I needed Pin
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QuestionProblem with Deploy Different Version shdocvw.dll Pin
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QuestionHow can i insert a text in a given position? Pin
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AnswerRe: How can i insert a text in a given position? Pin
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Questionhow to change the language of the text Pin
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Questionwhere are html, title, head, meta tags ? Pin
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QuestionInvalidCastException Unhandled Pin
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AnswerI think I know the problem Pin
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