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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ellipsize Property of Android

Hi guys , today we will be going over a very short tutorial over a simple TextView property of Android.

I am going to be teaching you the Ellipsize property of a TextView in Android.

This property is useful if you have a long text and have a single line to display it.


My actual long text :
This is some real large text so that we can see the ellipsize effect visible and make a demo out of the same for other users

After applying Ellipsize property :
This is some real large text so that we can see the ellipsize effect visible and make a demo out of ...

Usage :

In list Views if the text is too long then the text gets cut off in middle but this is a graceful way of making it look nice. It enhances the User Experience.

So lets get started :

We will just use a single Activity & a simple layout file for demonstrating this.


package com.example.testellipsize;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.view.Menu;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

 protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

 public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
  // Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
  getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.main, menu);
  return true;


So, this is just a simple plain old Activity nothing at all in the activity. The real magic begins in the XML Layout file






In the above XML all, we did was :

1) Typed some long text , made all the TextViews to show the text in a single Line using 


2) We then set  android:ellipsize property of each textView.

3) We set the Ellipsize property to start,end,middle & marquee which behave as their names suggest.

Thats all for this tutorial , feel free to drop me any comments !


Lets see a screenshot :

As we see the difference is clearly visible, the first TextView shows ... at the start , the second shows at the end similarly 3rd shows in the middle & finally marquee makes the text scroll.

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