Shapes in WPF RichTextBox (SfRichTextBoxAdv)

15 Jul 20211 minute to read

Shapes are drawing objects that include a text box, rectangles, lines, curves, circles, etc. It can be preset or custom geometry. At present, RichTextBox does not have support to insert shapes. however, if the document contains a shape while importing, it will be preserved properly.


Starting from v18.3.0.x, the shape preservation is supported.

Supported shapes

The RichTextBox has preservation support for Text box and Rectangle shapes.

List of supported shapes in RichTextBox

Text box Shape

A text box is a rectangular area on the document where you can enter text. When you click in a text box, a flashing cursor will display indicating that you can begin typing. It allows you to enter multiple lines of text with all text formatting.

Text box shape view in RichTextBox

Shape Resizer

The RichTextBox also supports a built-in shape resizer to resize the shapes present in the document. The shape resizer accepts both touch and mouse interactions.

Shape resizer view in RichTextBox

Text wrapping style

Text wrapping refers to how shapes fit with surrounding text in a document. Please refer to this page for more information about text wrapping styles available in Word documents.

Positioning the shape

Starting from v19.1.0.x, RichTextBox preserves the position properties of the shape and displays the shape based on position properties. It does not support modifying the position properties. Whereas the shape will be automatically moved along with text edited if it is positioned relative to the line or paragraph.


At present, the shape with text wrapping style In-Line with Text can only be dragged and dropped anywhere in the document.
You can refer to our WPF RichTextBox feature tour page for its groundbreaking feature representations.You can also explore our WPF RichTextBox example to knows how to render and configure the editing tools.