Determines the number of lines in an edit control that allows multiple lines.

Applies to

RichTextEdit, MultiLineEdit, EditMask, and DataWindow controls


editname.LineCount ( )




The name of the DataWindow control, EditMask, MultiLineEdit, or RichTextEdit for which you want the number of lines

Return value


Returns the number of lines in editname if it succeeds and -1 if an error occurs. If editname is null, LineCount returns null.


LineCount counts each visible line, whether it was the result of wrapping or carriage returns.

When you call LineCount for a DataWindow, it reports the number of lines in the edit control over the current row and column. A user can enter multiple lines in a DataWindow column only if it has a text datatype and its box is large enough to display those lines. The size of the column's box determines the number of lines allowed in the column. When the user is typing, lines do not wrap automatically; the user must press enter to type additional lines.

In a MultiLineEdit control, lines wrap when the user's typing fills the control horizontally, unless either the HScrollBar or AutoHScroll property is true. If horizontal scrolling is enabled with these properties, the user must press enter to type additional lines.

A RichTextEdit control always contains an end-of-file mark even if there is no text in the control. Therefore, its line count is always at least 1. Other edit controls, when empty, have a line count of 0.


If the MultiLineEdit mle_Instructions has 9 lines, this example sets li_Count to 9:

integer li_Count
li_Count = mle_Instructions.LineCount()

These statements display a MessageBox if fewer than two lines have been entered in the MultiLineEdit mle_Address:

integer li_Lines
li_Lines = mle_Address.LineCount()
IF li_Lines < 2 THEN
    MessageBox("Warning", "2 lines are required.")