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richTextArea setReadOnly - not what I was expecting

Yinon Shiryan
6 years ago Jun 20, 2016 6:30pm

Is there a way to disable editing the vaadin richtextarea\textarea but keep the vertical scroller when text longer than the component heigh? 

if you add a text longer than the high of the component it will add the vertical  scroll only if the component it is enabled . 
I would expect to at least show the scroll even if the user can't actually scroll he can figure out that there's more hidden text.

I also tried setReadonly  for the richtextarea  - I didn't expect it to remove the toolbar ... I was actually sure that this it is what I need until I tested it. ironically it thorws exception if you add text from the code so I had to set readonly false before I add text and set readonly true again when I'm done - that would be ok (eventhough it doesn't really make sense) unless it doesnt do what it is expected ... I would again , expect to see the vertical scroller and let the user scroll down and read (read only)....


Henrik Nyman
6 years ago Jul 14, 2016 7:22am

Hi Yinon,

when setting a RichTextArea to read only mode I believe that it is intended that the scrollbar should be visible. It looks like there has been a regression regarding this issue, please see https://dev.vaadin.com/ticket/7036. I will create a new trac ticket regarding this issue.

Fortunately, there is a relatively simple workaround. Just add the following to your theme and the scrollbar should be visible in read only mode.

.v-richtextarea-readonly {
    overflow: auto;

I hope this works for you.

Best regards,


jose luis romero
5 years ago May 12, 2017 6:29pm