Text on a ProgressBar in WPF

This may be a no-brainer for the WPF cognoscenti, but I'd like to know if there's a simple way to put text on the WPF ProgressBar. To me, an empty progress bar looks naked. That's screen real estate that could carry a message about what is in progress, or even just add numbers to the representation. Now, WPF is all about containers and extensions and I'm slowly wrapping my mind around that, but since I don't see a "Text" or "Content" property, I'm thinking I'm going to have to add something to the container that is my progress bar. Is there a technique or two out there that is more natural than my original WinForms impulses will be? What's the best, most WPF-natural way to add text to that progress bar?


If you are needing to have a reusable method for adding text, you can create a new Style/ControlTemplate that has an additional TextBlock to display the text. You can hijack the TextSearch.Text attached property to set the text on a progress bar.

If it doesn't need to be reusable, simply put the progress bar in a Grid and add a TextBlock to the grid. Since WPF can compose elements together, this will work nicely.

If you want, you can create a UserControl that exposes the ProgressBar and TextBlock as public properties, so it would be less work than creating a custom ControlTemplate.

Both of the prior responses (creating a new CustomControl or an Adorner) are better practices, but if you just want quick and dirty (or to understand visually how to do it) then this code would work:

<Grid Width="300" Height="50">  
   <ProgressBar Value="50" />
   <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Center" VerticalAlignment="Center">
      My Text

Just keep in mind that the z-index is such that the last item listed will be on top.

Also, if you don't have Kaxaml yet, be sure to pick it up - it is great for playing with XAML when you're trying to figure things out.

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