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Set cursor position while focus on the input textbox in React MaskedTextBox component

21 Oct 2021 / 2 minutes to read

By default, on focusing the MaskedTextBox the entire mask gets selected. You can customize by using any one of the following methods:

  • Setting cursor position at the start of the MaskedTextBox.
  • Setting cursor position at the end of the MaskedTextBox.
  • Setting cursor at the specified position in the MaskedTextBox.

The selectionStart and selectionEnd set to 0 instead of the input element value’s length, when we focus on a MaskedTextBox control filled with all mask characters. This is the default behavior of the HTML 5 input element.

Following is an example that demonstrates the above cases to set cursor position in the MaskedTextBox using focus event.

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import { MaskedTextBoxComponent, MaskFocusEventArgs } from '@syncfusion/ej2-react-inputs';
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";

export default class App extends React.Component<{}, {}> {
   constructor(props: any) {
super(props);
this.onfocus = this.onfocus.bind(this);
this.onfocus1 = this.onfocus1.bind(this);
this.onfocus2 = this.onfocus2.bind(this);
  }
  public onfocus(args: MaskFocusEventArgs) {
  // sets cursor position at start of MaskedTextBox
  args.selectionEnd= args.selectionStart = 0;
  }
  public onfocus1(args: MaskFocusEventArgs) {
  // sets cursor position at end of MaskedTextBox
  args.selectionStart=args.selectionEnd = args.maskedValue.length;
  }
  public onfocus2(args: MaskFocusEventArgs) {
  // sets cursor at specified position
  args.selectionStart = 3;
  args.selectionEnd = 3;
  }
  public render() {
  return (
    <div>
      <br/><MaskedTextBoxComponent name="mask_value1" placeholder="Default cursor position" mask= "00000-00000" value="93828-32132" floatLabelType='Always'/>
      <MaskedTextBoxComponent name="mask_value2" placeholder="Cursor positioned at start" mask= "00000-00000" value="83929-4342" floatLabelType='Always' focus={this.onfocus}/>
      <MaskedTextBoxComponent name="mask_value3" placeholder="Cursor positioned at end" mask= "00000-00000" value="83929-3213" floatLabelType='Always' focus={this.onfocus1}/>
      <MaskedTextBoxComponent name="mask_value4" placeholder="Cursor at specified position" mask= "+1 000-000-0000" value="234-432-432" floatLabelType='Always' focus={this.onfocus2}/>
    </div>
  );
  }
};
ReactDOM.render(<App />, document.getElementById('masktextbox'));