DialogTextBoxPropertyEditor Issue

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Posted 8 years ago by YN
Version: 11.2.0552

In my PropertyGrid, i will like to allow my user to "browse for a file".
To create the "..." button on the right-side, i used "DialogTextBoxPropertyEditor".
I will also want to make the "Editbox" on the PropertyGrid to be read-only.

I realized that if i set the Attribute of my variable to [ReadOny(true)], then the "EditBox" will be grayed out (which is what i want), but now we cannot modify the value using the "..." button.

Is there a way that this can be done?


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Posted 8 years ago by Actipro Software Support - Cleveland, OH, USA

You would need to create a custom property editor. Our Property Editors QuickStart shows an example of a DataTemplate that includes a TextBox and a button, but you would need to add a resource like this:
<propgrid:PropertyGrid ... >
        <DataTemplate x:Key="MyEditor">
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="*" />
                    <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                <TextBox Grid.Column="0" Margin="0" HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" VerticalAlignment="Center"
                        BorderThickness="0" IsReadOnly="True"
                        Text="{Binding Value, RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType={x:Type propgrid:IPropertyDataAccessor}}, Mode=TwoWay, ValidatesOnExceptions=True, NotifyOnValidationError=True}" />
                <shared:PopupButton Grid.Column="1" Content="..." DisplayMode="ButtonOnly"
                        Command="{x:Static sample:MainControl.ShowTextDialog}"
                        CommandParameter="{Binding RelativeSource={RelativeSource AncestorType={x:Type propgrid:IPropertyDataAccessor}}}" />
The command above is defined in the sample, but can be any custom command for which you handle and show the file dialog. You can then create a PropertyEditor for use with the EditorAttribute like so:
public class MyPropertyEditor : PropertyEditor {

    /// <summary>
    /// This property is not used by this class.
    /// </summary>
    /// <value><see langword="null"/>.</value>
    public override DataTemplate ValueTemplate {
        get { return null; }
        set { /* No-op */ }

    /// <summary>
    /// Gets or sets the resource key that references a <see cref="DataTemplate"/> for the value cell.
    /// </summary>
    /// <value>The resource key.</value>
    /// <remarks>
    /// The order of precedence for the name template selection is: <see cref="ValueTemplate"/>, <see cref="ValueTemplateSelector"/>,
    /// and finally <see cref="ValueTemplateKey"/>.
    /// </remarks>
    public override object ValueTemplateKey {
        get { return "MyEditor"; }

    /// <summary>
    /// This property is not used by this class.
    /// </summary>
    /// <value><see langword="null"/>.</value>
    public override DataTemplateSelector ValueTemplateSelector {
        get { return null; }
        set { /* No-op */ }


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The latest build of this product (v2019.1 build 0685) was released 4 months ago, which was after the last post in this thread.

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