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Posted 20 Jun 2004

Numeric TextBox : Allow your users to enter numeric data the easy way

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A TextBox control for numeric input, with the ability to set precision, scale (when focused or not)


Numeric input has always been one of the key-features in many applications (CRM, Accounting,...). Although MS provides a masked edit control, many developers find it to have some limitations.

The Numeric TextBox tries to provide some features to allow the user to input numeric data in a natural way. Let's have a look at some of the key features.

  1. Allow/Disallow negative input.
  2. Specify the maximum precision and scale.
  3. Specify a different scale when the control hasn't got the focus.
  4. Allow/Disallow zero as a valid input.
  5. The control displays grouping characters.
  6. The control adapts the regional settings (grouping char, decimal char).

Using the code

To use the control simply reference the Shorty.Windows.Forms assembly in your project. Create (or drag and drop on the form) a NumericTextBox and set the properties. The properties can be set trough code or via the property pane (Numeric settings section). See below for an example.

// numericTextBox1
Shorty.Windows.Forms.NumericTextBox() numericTextBox1 = 
  new Shorty.Windows.Forms.NumericTextBox();

this.numericTextBox1.AllowNegative = true;
  new System.Windows.Forms.Binding("NumericValue", 
  this, "Table1.test"));
this.numericTextBox1.NumericPrecision = 8;
this.numericTextBox1.NumericScaleOnFocus = 5;
this.numericTextBox1.NumericScaleOnLostFocus = 3;
this.numericTextBox1.NumericValue = 0;
this.numericTextBox1.ZeroIsValid = false;

The control automatically checks if the combination NumericPrecision NumericScaleOn(Lost)Focus is valid. As you can see in the above sample to retrieve the numeric value displayed in the NumericTextBox you should use the NumericValue property. The control is also capable of databinding it's NumericValue property. (See above code sample).


  • Initial release version (20/06/2004)


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Hannes Decorte
Web Developer
Belgium Belgium
3 years ago I started out with VB 6 and ASP. After seeing .Net in Beta in 2001 I haven't done anything else. I moved from VB6 over VB.Net to C#.
In 2004 I earned my MCAD. Currently I am employed as a Analyst/Developer and I'm working towards my MCDBA (1 exam to go Smile | :) ).

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Suggestiona complete Numerical TextBox for download Pin
Reza_m_n_6531-May-13 10:35
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QuestionI can't place it on a form... help Pin
Rolando Rocha25-Feb-13 3:56
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AnswerRe: I can't place it on a form... help Pin
Reza_m_n_6527-May-14 0:04
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GeneralMy vote of 3 Pin
Flash2009-MX29-Nov-12 8:59
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BugI can't place it on a form... help Pin
IApple15-Sep-11 23:29
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GeneralRe: I can't place it on a form... help Pin
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GeneralRe: I can't place it on a form... help Pin
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GeneralThanx Pin
Beni Sec10-Nov-10 7:18
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QuestionPlease help... Pin
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GeneralBUG Pin
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Generalfailed to create component Pin
sari5sundar15-May-09 3:02
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GeneralThis methods work too Pin
syedmasroorahmed29-Apr-09 19:27
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GeneralFailed to create component... Pin
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GeneralRe: Failed to create component... Pin
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GeneralHorizontal Alignment Pin
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GeneralRe: Horizontal Alignment Pin
rgustin8-Jul-09 19:42
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GeneralGood control Pin
dungxpt29-Sep-08 12:48
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GeneralVery good control Pin
Boogier26-Mar-08 0:19
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QuestionHow to Use It ? Pin
freddie200023-Nov-07 5:41
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AnswerRe: How to Use It ? Pin
freddie200023-Nov-07 5:50
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QuestionGreat Control, Can you modify it to add Range, Min and Max values it allows ? Pin
Vivek Krishnamurthy5-Sep-07 5:54
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GeneralDrop Control on to form Pin
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AnswerRe: Drop Control on to form Pin
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