Create Text Boxes in Word Documents Using C# and VB.NET

TextBox element is a type of a Shape element that contains the text. The textbox can contain multiple Block-level elements, such as Paragraphs and Tables.As in Word, you can easily adjust and resize text boxes in your documents with GemBox.Document using C# and VB.NET.

Textboxes can be inline (of InlineLayout type), in which case the position of the textbox is constrained to the lines of text on the page. Alternatively, they can be floating (of FloatingLayout type), in which case they can be positioned anywhere on the page.

You can read more about shapes and positioning on the Shapes and Layout help page.

The following example shows how you can create text boxes with different properties (such as Fill, Outline, etc.).

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using System.Linq;
using GemBox.Document;
using GemBox.Document.Drawing;

class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // If using Professional version, put your serial key below.
        ComponentInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY");

        var document = DocumentModel.Load("%InputFileName%");
        var paragraph = document.GetChildElements(true).OfType<Paragraph>().First();

        // Create and add an inline textbox.
        TextBox textbox1 = new TextBox(document,
            Layout.Inline(new Size(10, 5, LengthUnit.Centimeter)),
            ShapeType.Diamond);

        textbox1.Blocks.Add(new Paragraph(document, "An inline TextBox created with GemBox.Document."));
        textbox1.Blocks.Add(new Paragraph(document, "It has blue fill and outline."));

        textbox1.Fill.SetSolid(new Color(222, 235, 247));
        textbox1.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(Color.Blue);

        paragraph.Inlines.Insert(0, textbox1);

        // Create and add a floating textbox.
        TextBox textBox2 = new TextBox(document,
            Layout.Floating(
                new HorizontalPosition(HorizontalPositionType.Right, HorizontalPositionAnchor.Margin),
                new VerticalPosition(VerticalPositionType.Bottom, VerticalPositionAnchor.Margin),
                new Size(6, 3, LengthUnit.Centimeter)),
            new Paragraph(document, "A floating TextBox created with GemBox.Document."),
            new Paragraph(document, "It has default fill and outline."));

        paragraph.Inlines.Add(textBox2);

        document.Save("Text Boxes.%OutputFileType%");
    }
}
Imports System.Linq
Imports GemBox.Document
Imports GemBox.Document.Drawing

Module Program

    Sub Main()

        ' If using Professional version, put your serial key below.
        ComponentInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY")

        Dim document As DocumentModel = DocumentModel.Load("%InputFileName%")
        Dim paragraph = document.GetChildElements(True).OfType(Of Paragraph)().First()

        ' Create and add an inline textbox.
        Dim textbox1 As New TextBox(document,
            Layout.Inline(New Size(10, 5, LengthUnit.Centimeter)),
            ShapeType.Diamond)

        textbox1.Blocks.Add(New Paragraph(document, "An inline TextBox created with GemBox.Document."))
        textbox1.Blocks.Add(New Paragraph(document, "It has blue fill and outline."))

        textbox1.Fill.SetSolid(New Color(222, 235, 247))
        textbox1.Outline.Fill.SetSolid(Color.Blue)

        paragraph.Inlines.Insert(0, textbox1)

        ' Create and add a floating textbox.
        Dim textBox2 As New TextBox(document,
            Layout.Floating(
                New HorizontalPosition(HorizontalPositionType.Right, HorizontalPositionAnchor.Margin),
                New VerticalPosition(VerticalPositionType.Bottom, VerticalPositionAnchor.Margin),
                New Size(6, 3, LengthUnit.Centimeter)),
            New Paragraph(document, "A floating TextBox created with GemBox.Document."),
            New Paragraph(document, "It has default fill and outline."))

        paragraph.Inlines.Add(textBox2)

        document.Save("Text Boxes.%OutputFileType%")

    End Sub
End Module

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