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WPF TextBox/PasswordBox Text Selection Does Not Follow System Colors



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Change Description

In .NET Framework 4.7.1 and earlier versions, WPF System.Windows.Controls.TextBox and System.Windows.Controls.PasswordBox could only render a text selection in the Adorner layer. In some system themes this would occlude text, making it hard to read. In .NET Framework 4.7.2 and later, developers have an option of enabling a non-Adorner-based selection rendering scheme that alleviates this issue.

  • Quirked
  • Build-time break

Recommended Action

A developer who wants to utilize this change must set the following AppContext flag appropriately. To utilize this feature, the installed .NET Framework version must be 4.7.2 or greater.

To enabled the non-adorner-based selection, use the following AppContext flag.

        <AppContextSwitchOverrides value="Switch.System.Windows.Controls.Text.UseAdornerForTextboxSelectionRendering=false"/>

Affected APIs

Not detectable via API analysis


Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

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