Edit Text

In this section, you will use the EditText widget to create a text field for user input. Once text has been entered into the field, the Enter key will display the text in a toast message.

Open Resources/layout/activity_main.axml and add the EditText element to a containing layout. The following example activity_main.axml has an EditText that has been added to a LinearLayout:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content" />

In this code example, the EditText attribute android:imeOptions is set to actionGo. This setting changes the default Done action to the Go action so that tapping the Enter key triggers the KeyPress input handler. (Typically, actionGo is used so that the Enter key takes the user to the target of a URL that is typed in.)

To handle user text input, add the following code to the end of the OnCreate method in MainActivity.cs:

EditText edittext = FindViewById<EditText>(Resource.Id.edittext);
edittext.KeyPress += (object sender, View.KeyEventArgs e) => {
    e.Handled = false;
    if (e.Event.Action == KeyEventActions.Down && e.KeyCode == Keycode.Enter) 
        Toast.MakeText(this, edittext.Text, ToastLength.Short).Show();
        e.Handled = true;

In addition, add the following using statement to the top of MainActivity.cs if it is not already present:

using Android.Views;

This code example inflates the EditText element from the layout and adds a KeyPress handler that defines the action to be made when a key is pressed while the widget has focus. In this case, the method is defined to listen for the Enter key (when tapped) and then pop up a Toast message with the text that has been entered. Note that the Handled property should always be true if the event has been handled. This is necessary to prevent the event from bubbling up (which would result in a carriage return in the text field).

Run the application and enter some text into the text field. When you press the Enter key, the toast will be displayed as shown on the right:

Examples of entering text into EditText

Portions of this page are modifications based on work created and shared by the Android Open Source Project and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution License . This tutorial is based on the Android Form Stuff tutorial .