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TextBox Styling

In this article, you will find out how to style the HTML input element in order to achieve the same appearance as the Kendo TextBox component.

As of Kendo UI R1 2022, the Kendo TextBox uses brand new rendering. For additional information regarding the decision behind these changes, visit the Styling Components article.

Old vs New Rendering

The old rendering of the TextBox consisted of a single input element with the class k-textbox that held all the styling information related to the widget.

 <!-- OLD -->
<input class="k-textbox" />

The new rendering of the component consists of a wrapping span element that has a child input element.

The span element controls the overall appearance of the widget and has the following class structure:

<!-- NEW -->
<span class="k-input k-textbox k-input-flat k-input-md k-rounded-md" >

The following example demonstrates the complete HTML structure:

<span class="k-input k-textbox">
    <input id="textbox" data-role="textbox" class="k-input-inner" placeholder="Name">

For additional information regarding the available values for each appearance property, visit the Appearance article of the Kendo UI TextBox.

Visual Backwards Compatibility

In order to achieve the same look and feel as the old rendering, the element references must be updated. Visit the CSS Classes Migration and JQuery Selectors Migration sections of the Styling Overview article for additional information.

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