Text Fields

Text fields allow user input for custom values. Text fields can be single or multi-line input fields, and come in various degrees of loudness.


Text Field Anatomy
Figure: Text Field Anatomy
Text Field on macOS
Figure: Text Field on macOS
Text Field on Windows 10
Figure: Text Field on Windows 10
<input type="text" />


You can render a typical single-line textfield using the following:

    <span>Layer Name</span>
    <input type="text" placeholder="Enter a layer name"/>
const labelWrapper = document.createElement("label");

const label = document.createElement("span");
label.textContent = "Layer Name";

const textfield = document.createElement("input");
textfield.setAttribute("type", "text");
textfield.setAttribute("placeholder", "Enter a layer name");

function render() {
    return (
            <span>Layer Name</span>
            <input type="text" placeholder="Enter a layer name"/>

Variations and Loudness

Text fields have a standard rendition (with borders) and a quiet rendition (with a border at the bottom of the control). This is controlled with the uxp-quiet attribute.

  • If uxp-quiet is omitted, the text field will draw with a border around the entire control.
  • If uxp-quiet is true, the text field will draw with only a border at the bottom of the control.

Single line text fields are created using the input type="text" tag. Multiline text fields are created using the textarea tag, like so:

Default text value here

HTML5 allows you to specify the width and height of a textarea element using the rows and cols attributes. XD only uses the width and height styles.


In panel UI
  • When the user presses Escape or Enter in a text field, keyboard focus is sent back to the design canvas. You can prevent this by calling preventDefault() on the keydown event.
  • To return keyboard focus to the design canvas programmatically, call blur() on whichever text field in your panel UI is currently focused.
In dialog boxes
  • Pressing Escape in any text field closes the dialog, resolving showModal()'s Promise with the string "reasonCanceled". This cannot be prevented.


Include a Label

Text fields should always have labels, otherwise it is difficult for the user to discern what the field expects.

Label Position

Typically, labels should be above the text field and positioned to the left. You can also position labels directly to the left if you need.

Left-positioned label example
    .field {
        align-items: center;
<label class="row field">
    <span>Layer Name</span>
    <input type="text" />

Minimum Width

Text fields should not be sized so much smaller than the typically expected value. Narrow text fields require a lot of user scrolling, and can lead to user confusion because the entire value may not be visible.


The text field labels should be in title case. Placeholder text should be in sentence case.


Key Action
ENTER Submits the active form
TAB Navigates to the next focusable control
SHIFT+TAB Navigates to the previous focusable control


Text fields accept a limited amount of styling. You cannot change the following styles:

  • Color of the border or the background color
  • The font family, weight, or size
  • The padding within the text area


Supported Attributes

  • autofocus: autofocus
  • disabled: disabled
  • readonly: readonly
  • value
  • min, max, step (Number fields)

Unsupported Attributes

  • autocomplete
  • form
  • formaction
  • formenctype
  • formmethod
  • formnovalidate
  • formtarget
  • name
  • defaultValue
  • minlength
  • maxlength
  • capture
  • inputmode
  • list
  • multiple
  • pattern
  • required
  • size
  • spellcheck
  • tabindex
  • usemap

Supported Events

  • change

Known Issues

  • Text fields do not receive pointer events.
  • Validation is not currently supported.
  • The following input type values are not supported, and will render as a regular text field: button, color, date*, email, file, hidden, month, radio, reset, submit, tel, time, url, week

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