Flex - TextArea Control



The TextArea control is a text-entry control that allows users enter and edit multiple lines of formatted text.

Class Declaration

Following is the declaration for spark.components.TextArea class −

public class TextArea 
   extends SkinnableTextBase

Public Properties

S.No Properties & Description

content : Object

This property is intended for use in MXML at compile time; to get or set rich text content at runtime, use the textFlow property instead.


heightInLines : Number

The default height of the control, measured in lines.


textFlow : flashx.textLayout.elements:TextFlow

The TextFlow representing the rich text displayed by this component.


widthInChars : Number

The default width of the control, measured in em units.

Public Methods

S.No Method & Description




getFormatOfRange (requestedFormats:Vector.<String> = null, anchorPosition:int = -1, activePosition:int = 1):flashx.textLayout.formats:TextLayoutFormat

Returns a TextLayoutFormat object specifying the computed formats for the specified range of characters.


scrollToRange(anchorPosition:int = 0, activePosition:int):void

Scrolls so that the text range is visible in the container.


setFormatOfRange (format:flashx.textLayout.formats:TextLayout Format, anchorPosition:int = -1, activePosition:int = -1):void

Applies the specified formats to each element in the specified range that correspond to the given format.

Methods Inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes −

  • spark.components.supportClasses.SkinnableTextBase
  • spark.components.supportClasses.SkinnableComponent
  • mx.core.UIComponent
  • mx.core.FlexSprite
  • flash.display.Sprite
  • flash.display.DisplayObjectContainer
  • flash.display.InteractiveObject
  • flash.display.DisplayObject
  • flash.events.EventDispatcher
  • Object

Flex TextArea Control Example

Let us follow the following steps to check usage of TextArea control in a Flex application by creating a test application −

Step Description
1 Create a project with a name HelloWorld under a package com.tutorialspoint.client as explained in the Flex - Create Application chapter.
2 Modify HelloWorld.mxml as explained below. Keep rest of the files unchanged.
3 Compile and run the application to make sure business logic is working as per the requirements.

Following is the content of the modified mxml file src/com.tutorialspoint/HelloWorld.mxml.

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "utf-8"?>
<s:Application xmlns:fx = "http://ns.adobe.com/mxml/2009"
   xmlns:s = "library://ns.adobe.com/flex/spark"
   xmlns:mx = "library://ns.adobe.com/flex/mx"
   width = "100%" height = "100%" minWidth = "500" minHeight = "500">
   <fx:Style source = "/com/tutorialspoint/client/Style.css" />   
   <s:BorderContainer width = "550" height = "400" id = "mainContainer" 
      styleName = "container">
      <s:VGroup width = "100%" height = "100%" gap = "50" 
         horizontalAlign = "center" verticalAlign = "middle">
         <s:Label id = "lblHeader" text = "Form Controls Demonstration" 
            fontSize = "40" color = "0x777777" styleName = "heading" />
         <s:Panel id = "textAreaPanel" title = "Using TextArea"
            width = "420" height = "200">
               <s:VerticalLayout  gap = "10" verticalAlign = "middle" 
                  horizontalAlign = "center" />	
            <s:TextArea width = "400" height = "100">
                  This is <s:span color = "#FF0000">HTML text</s:span>
                  in an <s:span fontWeight = "bold">TextArea control</s:span>.
                  <s:span textDecoration = "underline">content</s:span> property
                  of the <s:span color = "#008800">TextArea control</s:span> 
                  can be used to include basic HTML markup in including
                  <s:a href = "http://www.tutorialspoint.com" 
                  target = "_blank">links</s:a>.

Once you are ready with all the changes done, let us compile and run the application in normal mode as we did in Flex - Create Application chapter. If everything is fine with your application, it will produce the following result: [ Try it online ]

Flex TextArea Control