Visual Basic Text API Routines
SendMessage: Determine the Number of Lines in a Text Box
Posted:   Saturday July 18, 1998
Updated:   Monday December 26, 2011
Applies to:   VB4-32, VB5, VB6, and VB3, VB4-16 with appropriate declarations
Developed with:   VB5, Windows 95
OS restrictions:   None
Author:   VBnet - Randy Birch


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This method is straightforward .. it uses SendMessage to retrieve the number of lines in a textbox.  A "line" for this method is defined as each new line after a word-wrap, in other words, each line showing against the left margin.  It does not mean, and is independent of, the actual number of lines delimited by hard returns in the text.
 BAS Module Code

 Form Code
To the form, add a textbox (Text1), label (Label1), along with the following code:

Option Explicit
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Private Declare Function SendMessage Lib "user32" _
   Alias "SendMessageA" _
  (ByVal hwnd As Long, _ 
   ByVal wMsg As Long, _ 
   ByVal wParam As Long, _
   lParam As Any) As Long


Sub Text1_Change()

    Dim lineCount as Long
    On Local Error Resume Next
   'get/show the number of lines in the edit control
    lineCount = SendMessage(Text1.hwnd, EM_GETLINECOUNT, 0&, ByVal 0&)
    Label1.Caption = Format$(lineCount, "##,###")

End Sub
The textbox passed to the SendMessage API must have its multiline property set to true at design time.

The EM_GETLINECOUNT message does not pass additional parameters to the API in the wParam or lParam variables. These must be 0.


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