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Creating an android application (Text box) using Eclipse:

In this tutorial we will be seeing,

  • How to display text box (editable) in an activity?

Before creating an android application using Eclipse, let us see some of the key terms involved while developing this application.

Key terms involved in this project:

Activity:  An activity provides a user interface for a single screen in your application. The window typically fills the screen, but may be smaller than the screen and float on top of other windows. An application usually consists of multiple activities that are loosely bound to each other.

Intent:  Android uses a special class called Intent to move from screen to screen. Intent describe what an application wants done. The two most important parts of the intent data structure are the action and the data to act upon. Typical values for action are MAIN (the front door of the application), VIEW, PICK, EDIT, etc. The data is expressed as a Uniform Resource Indicator (URI). For example, to view a website in the browser, you would create Intent with the VIEW action and the data set to a Website-URI.

View:  It’s a data structure whose properties store the layout and content for a specific rectangular area of the screen. A View object handles measuring, its layout, drawing, focus changes, scrolling, and key/gestures for the screen area it represents. The View class serves as a base class for all widgets. The list of widgets available includes i.e. TextView, EditText, Button, RadioButton, Checkbox, ScrollView, etc.,


Textfield:   A text field allows the user to type text into your app. It can be either single line or multi-line. Touching a text field places the cursor and automatically displays the keyboard. In addition to typing, text fields allow for a variety of other activities, such as text selection (cut, copy, paste) and data look-up via auto-completion. You can add a text field to you layout with the EditText object. You should usually do so in your XML layout with a <EditText> element.

Text fields can have different input types, such as number, date, password, or email address. The type determines what kind of characters are allowed inside the field, and may prompt the virtual keyboard to optimize its layout for frequently used characters.

The tutorial is about how to display textbox that allows users to edit text in the UI of the android application.

This project is developed in Eclipse 4.2 (Juno) and tested with Android 2.2

If you are new to new to android application project, to create a new project in Eclipse refer Creation of Android Project.


Now let’s go to the coding section. This project requires following files.

Source Code:

  1. – Activity (main screen)

Activity Files:

  1. activity_textbox.xml – main screen/ layout

res – Values:

  1. strings.xml – strings available in layout/activity

Manifest file:

  1. AndroidManifest.xml

Here is the coding for the above files….


package com.example.textbox; // textbox package
import android.os.Bundle; // A mapping from String values to various Parcelable types.
import; // Required to create an activity.
import android.view.Menu; // Interface for managing the items in a menu.
public class Textbox extends Activity { // all classes extends activity
	protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { // Create an activity/ screen
		setContentView(R.layout.activity_textbox); // display activity textbox  when app starts (Main)
	public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
		// Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
		getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);
		return true;