QPlainTextEdit Class

The QPlainTextEdit class provides a widget that is used to edit and display plain text. More...

Header: #include <QPlainTextEdit>
CMake: find_package(Qt6 REQUIRED COMPONENTS Widgets)
target_link_libraries(mytarget PRIVATE Qt6::Widgets)
qmake: QT += widgets
Inherits: QAbstractScrollArea

Public Types

enum LineWrapMode { NoWrap, WidgetWidth }


Public Functions

QPlainTextEdit(QWidget *parent = nullptr)
QPlainTextEdit(const QString &text, QWidget *parent = nullptr)
virtual ~QPlainTextEdit()
QString anchorAt(const QPoint &pos) const
bool backgroundVisible() const
int blockCount() const
bool canPaste() const
bool centerOnScroll() const
QMenu *createStandardContextMenu()
QMenu *createStandardContextMenu(const QPoint &position)
QTextCharFormat currentCharFormat() const
QTextCursor cursorForPosition(const QPoint &pos) const
QRect cursorRect(const QTextCursor &cursor) const
QRect cursorRect() const
int cursorWidth() const
QTextDocument *document() const
QString documentTitle() const
void ensureCursorVisible()
QList<QTextEdit::ExtraSelection> extraSelections() const
bool find(const QString &exp, QTextDocument::FindFlags options = QTextDocument::FindFlags())
bool find(const QRegularExpression &exp, QTextDocument::FindFlags options = QTextDocument::FindFlags())
bool isReadOnly() const
bool isUndoRedoEnabled() const
QPlainTextEdit::LineWrapMode lineWrapMode() const
virtual QVariant loadResource(int type, const QUrl &name)
int maximumBlockCount() const
void mergeCurrentCharFormat(const QTextCharFormat &modifier)
void moveCursor(QTextCursor::MoveOperation operation, QTextCursor::MoveMode mode = QTextCursor::MoveAnchor)
bool overwriteMode() const
QString placeholderText() const
void print(QPagedPaintDevice *printer) const
void setBackgroundVisible(bool visible)
void setCenterOnScroll(bool enabled)
void setCurrentCharFormat(const QTextCharFormat &format)
void setCursorWidth(int width)
void setDocument(QTextDocument *document)
void setDocumentTitle(const QString &title)
void setExtraSelections(const QList<QTextEdit::ExtraSelection> &selections)
void setLineWrapMode(QPlainTextEdit::LineWrapMode mode)
void setMaximumBlockCount(int maximum)
void setOverwriteMode(bool overwrite)
void setPlaceholderText(const QString &placeholderText)
void setReadOnly(bool ro)
void setTabChangesFocus(bool b)
void setTabStopDistance(qreal distance)
void setTextCursor(const QTextCursor &cursor)
void setTextInteractionFlags(Qt::TextInteractionFlags flags)
void setUndoRedoEnabled(bool enable)
void setWordWrapMode(QTextOption::WrapMode policy)
bool tabChangesFocus() const
qreal tabStopDistance() const
QTextCursor textCursor() const
Qt::TextInteractionFlags textInteractionFlags() const
QString toPlainText() const
QTextOption::WrapMode wordWrapMode() const

Reimplemented Public Functions

virtual QVariant inputMethodQuery(Qt::InputMethodQuery property) const override

Public Slots

void appendHtml(const QString &html)
void appendPlainText(const QString &text)
void centerCursor()
void clear()
void copy()
void cut()
void insertPlainText(const QString &text)
void paste()
void redo()
void selectAll()
void setPlainText(const QString &text)
void undo()
void zoomIn(int range = 1)
void zoomOut(int range = 1)


void blockCountChanged(int newBlockCount)
void copyAvailable(bool yes)
void cursorPositionChanged()
void modificationChanged(bool changed)
void redoAvailable(bool available)
void selectionChanged()
void textChanged()
void undoAvailable(bool available)
void updateRequest(const QRect &rect, int dy)

Protected Functions

QRectF blockBoundingGeometry(const QTextBlock &block) const
QRectF blockBoundingRect(const QTextBlock &block) const
virtual bool canInsertFromMimeData(const QMimeData *source) const
QPointF contentOffset() const
virtual QMimeData *createMimeDataFromSelection() const
QTextBlock firstVisibleBlock() const
QAbstractTextDocumentLayout::PaintContext getPaintContext() const
virtual void insertFromMimeData(const QMimeData *source)

Reimplemented Protected Functions

virtual void changeEvent(QEvent *e) override
virtual void contextMenuEvent(QContextMenuEvent *event) override
virtual void dragEnterEvent(QDragEnterEvent *e) override
virtual void dragLeaveEvent(QDragLeaveEvent *e) override
virtual void dragMoveEvent(QDragMoveEvent *e) override
virtual void dropEvent(QDropEvent *e) override
virtual void focusInEvent(QFocusEvent *e) override
virtual bool focusNextPrevChild(bool next) override
virtual void focusOutEvent(QFocusEvent *e) override
virtual void inputMethodEvent(QInputMethodEvent *e) override
virtual void keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *e) override
virtual void keyReleaseEvent(QKeyEvent *e) override
virtual void mouseDoubleClickEvent(QMouseEvent *e) override
virtual void mouseMoveEvent(QMouseEvent *e) override
virtual void mousePressEvent(QMouseEvent *e) override
virtual void mouseReleaseEvent(QMouseEvent *e) override
virtual void paintEvent(QPaintEvent *e) override
virtual void resizeEvent(QResizeEvent *e) override
virtual void scrollContentsBy(int dx, int dy) override
virtual void showEvent(QShowEvent *) override
virtual void wheelEvent(QWheelEvent *e) override

Detailed Description

Introduction and Concepts

QPlainTextEdit is an advanced viewer/editor supporting plain text. It is optimized to handle large documents and to respond quickly to user input.

QPlainText uses very much the same technology and concepts as QTextEdit, but is optimized for plain text handling.

QPlainTextEdit works on paragraphs and characters. A paragraph is a formatted string which is word-wrapped to fit into the width of the widget. By default when reading plain text, one newline signifies a paragraph. A document consists of zero or more paragraphs. Paragraphs are separated by hard line breaks. Each character within a paragraph has its own attributes, for example, font and color.

The shape of the mouse cursor on a QPlainTextEdit is Qt::IBeamCursor by default. It can be changed through the viewport()'s cursor property.

Using QPlainTextEdit as a Display Widget

The text is set or replaced using setPlainText() which deletes the existing text and replaces it with the text passed to setPlainText().

Text can be inserted using the QTextCursor class or using the convenience functions insertPlainText(), appendPlainText() or paste().

By default, the text edit wraps words at whitespace to fit within the text edit widget. The setLineWrapMode() function is used to specify the kind of line wrap you want, WidgetWidth or NoWrap if you don't want any wrapping. If you use word wrap to the widget's width WidgetWidth, you can specify whether to break on whitespace or anywhere with setWordWrapMode().

The find() function can be used to find and select a given string within the text.

If you want to limit the total number of paragraphs in a QPlainTextEdit, as it is for example useful in a log viewer, then you can use the maximumBlockCount property. The combination of setMaximumBlockCount() and appendPlainText() turns QPlainTextEdit into an efficient viewer for log text. The scrolling can be reduced with the centerOnScroll() property, making the log viewer even faster. Text can be formatted in a limited way, either using a syntax highlighter (see below), or by appending html-formatted text with appendHtml(). While QPlainTextEdit does not support complex rich text rendering with tables and floats, it does support limited paragraph-based formatting that you may need in a log viewer.

Read-only Key Bindings

When QPlainTextEdit is used read-only the key bindings are limited to navigation, and text may only be selected with the mouse:

Qt::UpArrowMoves one line up.
Qt::DownArrowMoves one line down.
Qt::LeftArrowMoves one character to the left.
Qt::RightArrowMoves one character to the right.
PageUpMoves one (viewport) page up.
PageDownMoves one (viewport) page down.
HomeMoves to the beginning of the text.
EndMoves to the end of the text.
Alt+WheelScrolls the page horizontally (the Wheel is the mouse wheel).
Ctrl+WheelZooms the text.
Ctrl+ASelects all text.

Using QPlainTextEdit as an Editor

All the information about using QPlainTextEdit as a display widget also applies here.

Selection of text is handled by the QTextCursor class, which provides functionality for creating selections, retrieving the text contents or deleting selections. You can retrieve the object that corresponds with the user-visible cursor using the textCursor() method. If you want to set a selection in QPlainTextEdit just create one on a QTextCursor object and then make that cursor the visible cursor using setCursor(). The selection can be copied to the clipboard with copy(), or cut to the clipboard with cut(). The entire text can be selected using selectAll().

QPlainTextEdit holds a QTextDocument object which can be retrieved using the document() method. You can also set your own document object using setDocument(). QTextDocument emits a textChanged() signal if the text changes and it also provides a isModified() function which will return true if the text has been modified since it was either loaded or since the last call to setModified with false as argument. In addition it provides methods for undo and redo.

Syntax Highlighting

Just like QTextEdit, QPlainTextEdit works together with QSyntaxHighlighter.

Editing Key Bindings

The list of key bindings which are implemented for editing:

BackspaceDeletes the character to the left of the cursor.
DeleteDeletes the character to the right of the cursor.
Ctrl+CCopy the selected text to the clipboard.
Ctrl+InsertCopy the selected text to the clipboard.
Ctrl+KDeletes to the end of the line.
Ctrl+VPastes the clipboard text into text edit.
Shift+InsertPastes the clipboard text into text edit.
Ctrl+XDeletes the selected text and copies it to the clipboard.
Shift+DeleteDeletes the selected text and copies it to the clipboard.
Ctrl+ZUndoes the last operation.
Ctrl+YRedoes the last operation.
LeftArrowMoves the cursor one character to the left.
Ctrl+LeftArrowMoves the cursor one word to the left.
RightArrowMoves the cursor one character to the right.
Ctrl+RightArrowMoves the cursor one word to the right.
UpArrowMoves the cursor one line up.
Ctrl+UpArrowMoves the cursor one word up.
DownArrowMoves the cursor one line down.
Ctrl+Down ArrowMoves the cursor one word down.
PageUpMoves the cursor one page up.
PageDownMoves the cursor one page down.
HomeMoves the cursor to the beginning of the line.
Ctrl+HomeMoves the cursor to the beginning of the text.
EndMoves the cursor to the end of the line.
Ctrl+EndMoves the cursor to the end of the text.
Alt+WheelScrolls the page horizontally (the Wheel is the mouse wheel).
Ctrl+WheelZooms the text.

To select (mark) text hold down the Shift key whilst pressing one of the movement keystrokes, for example, Shift+Right Arrow will select the character to the right, and Shift+Ctrl+Right Arrow will select the word to the right, etc.

Differences to QTextEdit

QPlainTextEdit is a thin class, implemented by using most of the technology that is behind QTextEdit and QTextDocument. Its performance benefits over QTextEdit stem mostly from using a different and simplified text layout called QPlainTextDocumentLayout on the text document (see QTextDocument::setDocumentLayout()). The plain text document layout does not support tables nor embedded frames, and replaces a pixel-exact height calculation with a line-by-line respectively paragraph-by-paragraph scrolling approach. This makes it possible to handle significantly larger documents, and still resize the editor with line wrap enabled in real time. It also makes for a fast log viewer (see setMaximumBlockCount()).

{Syntax Highlighter Example}, {Rich Text Processing}

See also QTextDocument and QTextCursor.

Member Type Documentation

enum QPlainTextEdit::LineWrapMode


Property Documentation

backgroundVisible : bool

This property holds whether the palette background is visible outside the document area

If set to true, the plain text edit paints the palette background on the viewport area not covered by the text document. Otherwise, if set to false, it won't. The feature makes it possible for the user to visually distinguish between the area of the document, painted with the base color of the palette, and the empty area not covered by any document.

The default is false.

Access functions:

bool backgroundVisible() const
void setBackgroundVisible(bool visible)

[read-only] blockCount : const int

This property holds the number of text blocks in the document.

By default, in an empty document, this property contains a value of 1.

Access functions:

int blockCount() const

centerOnScroll : bool

This property holds whether the cursor should be centered on screen

If set to true, the plain text edit scrolls the document vertically to make the cursor visible at the center of the viewport. This also allows the text edit to scroll below the end of the document. Otherwise, if set to false, the plain text edit scrolls the smallest amount possible to ensure the cursor is visible. The same algorithm is applied to any new line appended through appendPlainText().

The default is false.

Access functions:

bool centerOnScroll() const
void setCenterOnScroll(bool enabled)

See also centerCursor() and ensureCursorVisible().

cursorWidth : int

This property specifies the width of the cursor in pixels. The default value is 1.

Access functions:

int cursorWidth() const
void setCursorWidth(int width)

documentTitle : QString

This property holds the title of the document parsed from the text.

By default, this property contains an empty string.

Access functions:

QString documentTitle() const
void setDocumentTitle(const QString &title)

lineWrapMode : LineWrapMode

This property holds the line wrap mode

The default mode is WidgetWidth which causes words to be wrapped at the right edge of the text edit. Wrapping occurs at whitespace, keeping whole words intact. If you want wrapping to occur within words use setWordWrapMode().

Access functions:

QPlainTextEdit::LineWrapMode lineWrapMode() const
void setLineWrapMode(QPlainTextEdit::LineWrapMode mode)

maximumBlockCount : int

This property holds the limit for blocks in the document.

Specifies the maximum number of blocks the document may have. If there are more blocks in the document that specified with this property blocks are removed from the beginning of the document.

A negative or zero value specifies that the document may contain an unlimited amount of blocks.

The default value is 0.

Note that setting this property will apply the limit immediately to the document contents. Setting this property also disables the undo redo history.

Access functions:

int maximumBlockCount() const
void setMaximumBlockCount(int maximum)

overwriteMode : bool

This property holds whether text entered by the user will overwrite existing text

As with many text editors, the plain text editor widget can be configured to insert or overwrite existing text with new text entered by the user.

If this property is true, existing text is overwritten, character-for-character by new text; otherwise, text is inserted at the cursor position, displacing existing text.

By default, this property is false (new text does not overwrite existing text).

Access functions:

bool overwriteMode() const
void setOverwriteMode(bool overwrite)

placeholderText : QString

This property holds the editor placeholder text

Setting this property makes the editor display a grayed-out placeholder text as long as the document() is empty.

By default, this property contains an empty string.

Access functions:

QString placeholderText() const
void setPlaceholderText(const QString &placeholderText)

See also document().

plainText : QString

This property gets and sets the plain text editor's contents. The previous contents are removed and undo/redo history is reset when this property is set. currentCharFormat() is also reset, unless textCursor() is already at the beginning of the document.

By default, for an editor with no contents, this property contains an empty string.

Access functions:

QString toPlainText() const
void setPlainText(const QString &text)

Notifier signal:

void textChanged()

readOnly : bool

This property holds whether the text edit is read-only

In a read-only text edit the user can only navigate through the text and select text; modifying the text is not possible.

This property's default is false.

Access functions:

bool isReadOnly() const
void setReadOnly(bool ro)

tabChangesFocus : bool

This property holds whether Tab changes focus or is accepted as input

In some occasions text edits should not allow the user to input tabulators or change indentation using the Tab key, as this breaks the focus chain. The default is false.

Access functions:

bool tabChangesFocus() const
void setTabChangesFocus(bool b)

tabStopDistance : qreal

This property holds the tab stop distance in pixels

By default, this property contains a value of 80 pixels.

Do not set a value less than the horizontalAdvance() of the QChar::VisualTabCharacter character, otherwise the tab-character will be drawn incompletely.

Access functions:

qreal tabStopDistance() const
void setTabStopDistance(qreal distance)

See also QTextOption::ShowTabsAndSpaces and QTextDocument::defaultTextOption.

textInteractionFlags : Qt::TextInteractionFlags

Specifies how the label should interact with user input if it displays text.

If the flags contain either Qt::LinksAccessibleByKeyboard or Qt::TextSelectableByKeyboard then the focus policy is also automatically set to Qt::ClickFocus.

The default value depends on whether the QPlainTextEdit is read-only or editable.

Access functions:

Qt::TextInteractionFlags textInteractionFlags() const
void setTextInteractionFlags(Qt::TextInteractionFlags flags)

undoRedoEnabled : bool

This property holds whether undo and redo are enabled

Users are only able to undo or redo actions if this property is true, and if there is an action that can be undone (or redone).

By default, this property is true.

Access functions:

bool isUndoRedoEnabled() const
void setUndoRedoEnabled(bool enable)

wordWrapMode : QTextOption::WrapMode

This property holds the mode QPlainTextEdit will use when wrapping text by words

By default, this property is set to QTextOption::WrapAtWordBoundaryOrAnywhere.

Access functions:

QTextOption::WrapMode wordWrapMode() const
void setWordWrapMode(QTextOption::WrapMode policy)

See also QTextOption::WrapMode.

Member Function Documentation

[explicit] QPlainTextEdit::QPlainTextEdit(QWidget *parent = nullptr)

Constructs an empty QPlainTextEdit with parent parent.

[explicit] QPlainTextEdit::QPlainTextEdit(const QString &text, QWidget *parent = nullptr)

Constructs a QPlainTextEdit with parent parent. The text edit will display the plain text text.

[virtual noexcept] QPlainTextEdit::~QPlainTextEdit()


QString QPlainTextEdit::anchorAt(const QPoint &pos) const

Returns the reference of the anchor at position pos, or an empty string if no anchor exists at that point.

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::appendHtml(const QString &html)

Appends a new paragraph with html to the end of the text edit.


[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::appendPlainText(const QString &text)

Appends a new paragraph with text to the end of the text edit.

See also appendHtml().

[protected] QRectF QPlainTextEdit::blockBoundingGeometry(const QTextBlock &block) const

Returns the bounding rectangle of the text block in content coordinates. Translate the rectangle with the contentOffset() to get visual coordinates on the viewport.

See also firstVisibleBlock() and blockBoundingRect().

[protected] QRectF QPlainTextEdit::blockBoundingRect(const QTextBlock &block) const

Returns the bounding rectangle of the text block in the block's own coordinates.

See also blockBoundingGeometry().

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::blockCountChanged(int newBlockCount)

This signal is emitted whenever the block count changes. The new block count is passed in newBlockCount.

[virtual protected] bool QPlainTextEdit::canInsertFromMimeData(const QMimeData *source) const

This function returns true if the contents of the MIME data object, specified by source, can be decoded and inserted into the document. It is called for example when during a drag operation the mouse enters this widget and it is necessary to determine whether it is possible to accept the drag.

bool QPlainTextEdit::canPaste() const

Returns whether text can be pasted from the clipboard into the textedit.

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::centerCursor()

Scrolls the document in order to center the cursor vertically.

See also ensureCursorVisible() and centerOnScroll.

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::changeEvent(QEvent *e)

Reimplements: QFrame::changeEvent(QEvent *ev).

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::clear()

Deletes all the text in the text edit.


  • The undo/redo history is also cleared.
  • currentCharFormat() is reset, unless textCursor() is already at the beginning of the document.

See also cut() and setPlainText().

[protected] QPointF QPlainTextEdit::contentOffset() const

Returns the content's origin in viewport coordinates.

The origin of the content of a plain text edit is always the top left corner of the first visible text block. The content offset is different from (0,0) when the text has been scrolled horizontally, or when the first visible block has been scrolled partially off the screen, i.e. the visible text does not start with the first line of the first visible block, or when the first visible block is the very first block and the editor displays a margin.

See also firstVisibleBlock(), horizontalScrollBar(), and verticalScrollBar().

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::contextMenuEvent(QContextMenuEvent *event)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::contextMenuEvent(QContextMenuEvent *e).

Shows the standard context menu created with createStandardContextMenu().

If you do not want the text edit to have a context menu, you can set its contextMenuPolicy to Qt::NoContextMenu. If you want to customize the context menu, reimplement this function. If you want to extend the standard context menu, reimplement this function, call createStandardContextMenu() and extend the menu returned.

Information about the event is passed in the event object.

void MyQPlainTextEdit::contextMenuEvent(QContextMenuEvent *event)
    QMenu *menu = createStandardContextMenu();
    menu->addAction(tr("My Menu Item"));
    delete menu;

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::copy()

Copies any selected text to the clipboard.

See also copyAvailable().

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::copyAvailable(bool yes)

This signal is emitted when text is selected or de-selected in the text edit.

When text is selected this signal will be emitted with yes set to true. If no text has been selected or if the selected text is de-selected this signal is emitted with yes set to false.

If yes is true then copy() can be used to copy the selection to the clipboard. If yes is false then copy() does nothing.

See also selectionChanged().

[virtual protected] QMimeData *QPlainTextEdit::createMimeDataFromSelection() const

This function returns a new MIME data object to represent the contents of the text edit's current selection. It is called when the selection needs to be encapsulated into a new QMimeData object; for example, when a drag and drop operation is started, or when data is copied to the clipboard.

If you reimplement this function, note that the ownership of the returned QMimeData object is passed to the caller. The selection can be retrieved by using the textCursor() function.

QMenu *QPlainTextEdit::createStandardContextMenu()

This function creates the standard context menu which is shown when the user clicks on the text edit with the right mouse button. It is called from the default contextMenuEvent() handler. The popup menu's ownership is transferred to the caller.

We recommend that you use the createStandardContextMenu(QPoint) version instead which will enable the actions that are sensitive to where the user clicked.

QMenu *QPlainTextEdit::createStandardContextMenu(const QPoint &position)

This function creates the standard context menu which is shown when the user clicks on the text edit with the right mouse button. It is called from the default contextMenuEvent() handler and it takes the position in document coordinates where the mouse click was. This can enable actions that are sensitive to the position where the user clicked. The popup menu's ownership is transferred to the caller.

QTextCharFormat QPlainTextEdit::currentCharFormat() const

Returns the char format that is used when inserting new text.

See also setCurrentCharFormat().

QTextCursor QPlainTextEdit::cursorForPosition(const QPoint &pos) const

returns a QTextCursor at position pos (in viewport coordinates).

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::cursorPositionChanged()

This signal is emitted whenever the position of the cursor changed.

QRect QPlainTextEdit::cursorRect(const QTextCursor &cursor) const

returns a rectangle (in viewport coordinates) that includes the cursor.

QRect QPlainTextEdit::cursorRect() const

returns a rectangle (in viewport coordinates) that includes the cursor of the text edit.

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::cut()

Copies the selected text to the clipboard and deletes it from the text edit.

If there is no selected text nothing happens.

See also copy() and paste().

QTextDocument *QPlainTextEdit::document() const

Returns a pointer to the underlying document.

See also setDocument().

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::dragEnterEvent(QDragEnterEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::dragEnterEvent(QDragEnterEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::dragLeaveEvent(QDragLeaveEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::dragLeaveEvent(QDragLeaveEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::dragMoveEvent(QDragMoveEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::dragMoveEvent(QDragMoveEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::dropEvent(QDropEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::dropEvent(QDropEvent *event).

void QPlainTextEdit::ensureCursorVisible()

Ensures that the cursor is visible by scrolling the text edit if necessary.

See also centerCursor() and centerOnScroll.

QList<QTextEdit::ExtraSelection> QPlainTextEdit::extraSelections() const

Returns previously set extra selections.

See also setExtraSelections().

bool QPlainTextEdit::find(const QString &exp, QTextDocument::FindFlags options = QTextDocument::FindFlags())

Finds the next occurrence of the string, exp, using the given options. Returns true if exp was found and changes the cursor to select the match; otherwise returns false.

bool QPlainTextEdit::find(const QRegularExpression &exp, QTextDocument::FindFlags options = QTextDocument::FindFlags())

This is an overloaded function.

Finds the next occurrence, matching the regular expression, exp, using the given options.

Returns true if a match was found and changes the cursor to select the match; otherwise returns false.

Warning: For historical reasons, the case sensitivity option set on exp is ignored. Instead, the options are used to determine if the search is case sensitive or not.

[protected] QTextBlock QPlainTextEdit::firstVisibleBlock() const

Returns the first visible block.

See also blockBoundingRect().

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::focusInEvent(QFocusEvent *e)

Reimplements: QWidget::focusInEvent(QFocusEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] bool QPlainTextEdit::focusNextPrevChild(bool next)

Reimplements: QWidget::focusNextPrevChild(bool next).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::focusOutEvent(QFocusEvent *e)

Reimplements: QWidget::focusOutEvent(QFocusEvent *event).

[protected] QAbstractTextDocumentLayout::PaintContext QPlainTextEdit::getPaintContext() const

Returns the paint context for the viewport(), useful only when reimplementing paintEvent().

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::inputMethodEvent(QInputMethodEvent *e)

Reimplements: QWidget::inputMethodEvent(QInputMethodEvent *event).

[override virtual] QVariant QPlainTextEdit::inputMethodQuery(Qt::InputMethodQuery property) const

Reimplements: QWidget::inputMethodQuery(Qt::InputMethodQuery query) const.

[virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::insertFromMimeData(const QMimeData *source)

This function inserts the contents of the MIME data object, specified by source, into the text edit at the current cursor position. It is called whenever text is inserted as the result of a clipboard paste operation, or when the text edit accepts data from a drag and drop operation.

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::insertPlainText(const QString &text)

Convenience slot that inserts text at the current cursor position.

It is equivalent to


[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *e).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::keyReleaseEvent(QKeyEvent *e)

Reimplements: QWidget::keyReleaseEvent(QKeyEvent *event).

[virtual] QVariant QPlainTextEdit::loadResource(int type, const QUrl &name)

Loads the resource specified by the given type and name.

This function is an extension of QTextDocument::loadResource().

See also QTextDocument::loadResource().

void QPlainTextEdit::mergeCurrentCharFormat(const QTextCharFormat &modifier)

Merges the properties specified in modifier into the current character format by calling QTextCursor::mergeCharFormat on the editor's cursor. If the editor has a selection then the properties of modifier are directly applied to the selection.

See also QTextCursor::mergeCharFormat().

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::modificationChanged(bool changed)

This signal is emitted whenever the content of the document changes in a way that affects the modification state. If changed is true, the document has been modified; otherwise it is false.

For example, calling setModified(false) on a document and then inserting text causes the signal to get emitted. If you undo that operation, causing the document to return to its original unmodified state, the signal will get emitted again.

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::mouseDoubleClickEvent(QMouseEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::mouseDoubleClickEvent(QMouseEvent *e).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::mouseMoveEvent(QMouseEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::mouseMoveEvent(QMouseEvent *e).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::mousePressEvent(QMouseEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::mousePressEvent(QMouseEvent *e).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::mouseReleaseEvent(QMouseEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::mouseReleaseEvent(QMouseEvent *e).

void QPlainTextEdit::moveCursor(QTextCursor::MoveOperation operation, QTextCursor::MoveMode mode = QTextCursor::MoveAnchor)

Moves the cursor by performing the given operation.

If mode is QTextCursor::KeepAnchor, the cursor selects the text it moves over. This is the same effect that the user achieves when they hold down the Shift key and move the cursor with the cursor keys.

See also QTextCursor::movePosition().

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::paintEvent(QPaintEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::paintEvent(QPaintEvent *event).

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::paste()

Pastes the text from the clipboard into the text edit at the current cursor position.

If there is no text in the clipboard nothing happens.

To change the behavior of this function, i.e. to modify what QPlainTextEdit can paste and how it is being pasted, reimplement the virtual canInsertFromMimeData() and insertFromMimeData() functions.

See also cut() and copy().

void QPlainTextEdit::print(QPagedPaintDevice *printer) const

Convenience function to print the text edit's document to the given printer. This is equivalent to calling the print method on the document directly except that this function also supports QPrinter::Selection as print range.

See also QTextDocument::print().

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::redo()

Redoes the last operation.

If there is no operation to redo, i.e. there is no redo step in the undo/redo history, nothing happens.

See also undo().

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::redoAvailable(bool available)

This signal is emitted whenever redo operations become available (available is true) or unavailable (available is false).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::resizeEvent(QResizeEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::resizeEvent(QResizeEvent *event).

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::scrollContentsBy(int dx, int dy)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::scrollContentsBy(int dx, int dy).

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::selectAll()

Selects all text.

See also copy(), cut(), and textCursor().

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::selectionChanged()

This signal is emitted whenever the selection changes.

See also copyAvailable().

void QPlainTextEdit::setCurrentCharFormat(const QTextCharFormat &format)

Sets the char format that is be used when inserting new text to format by calling QTextCursor::setCharFormat() on the editor's cursor. If the editor has a selection then the char format is directly applied to the selection.

See also currentCharFormat().

void QPlainTextEdit::setDocument(QTextDocument *document)

Makes document the new document of the text editor.

The parent QObject of the provided document remains the owner of the object. If the current document is a child of the text editor, then it is deleted.

The document must have a document layout that inherits QPlainTextDocumentLayout (see QTextDocument::setDocumentLayout()).

See also document().

void QPlainTextEdit::setExtraSelections(const QList<QTextEdit::ExtraSelection> &selections)

This function allows temporarily marking certain regions in the document with a given color, specified as selections. This can be useful for example in a programming editor to mark a whole line of text with a given background color to indicate the existence of a breakpoint.

See also QTextEdit::ExtraSelection and extraSelections().

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::setPlainText(const QString &text)

Changes the text of the text edit to the string text. Any previous text is removed.

text is interpreted as plain text.


  • The undo/redo history is also cleared.
  • currentCharFormat() is reset, unless textCursor() is already at the beginning of the document.

Note: Setter function for property plainText.

See also toPlainText().

void QPlainTextEdit::setTextCursor(const QTextCursor &cursor)

Sets the visible cursor.

See also textCursor().

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::showEvent(QShowEvent *)

Reimplements: QWidget::showEvent(QShowEvent *event).

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::textChanged()

This signal is emitted whenever the document's content changes; for example, when text is inserted or deleted, or when formatting is applied.

Note: Notifier signal for property plainText.

QTextCursor QPlainTextEdit::textCursor() const

Returns a copy of the QTextCursor that represents the currently visible cursor. Note that changes on the returned cursor do not affect QPlainTextEdit's cursor; use setTextCursor() to update the visible cursor.

See also setTextCursor().

QString QPlainTextEdit::toPlainText() const

Returns the text of the text edit as plain text.

Note: Getter function for property plainText.

See also QPlainTextEdit::setPlainText().

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::undo()

Undoes the last operation.

If there is no operation to undo, i.e. there is no undo step in the undo/redo history, nothing happens.

See also redo().

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::undoAvailable(bool available)

This signal is emitted whenever undo operations become available (available is true) or unavailable (available is false).

[signal] void QPlainTextEdit::updateRequest(const QRect &rect, int dy)

This signal is emitted when the text document needs an update of the specified rect. If the text is scrolled, rect will cover the entire viewport area. If the text is scrolled vertically, dy carries the amount of pixels the viewport was scrolled.

The purpose of the signal is to support extra widgets in plain text edit subclasses that e.g. show line numbers, breakpoints, or other extra information.

[override virtual protected] void QPlainTextEdit::wheelEvent(QWheelEvent *e)

Reimplements: QAbstractScrollArea::wheelEvent(QWheelEvent *e).

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::zoomIn(int range = 1)

Zooms in on the text by making the base font size range points larger and recalculating all font sizes to be the new size. This does not change the size of any images.

See also zoomOut().

[slot] void QPlainTextEdit::zoomOut(int range = 1)

Zooms out on the text by making the base font size range points smaller and recalculating all font sizes to be the new size. This does not change the size of any images.

See also zoomIn().

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