Difference between Label and TextBlock

TextBlock is not a control

Even though TextBlock lives in the System.Windows.Controls namespace, it is not a control. It derives directly from FrameworkElement. Label, on the other hand, derives from ContentControl. This means that Label can:

  1. Be given a custom control template (via the Template property).
  2. Display data other than just a string (via the Content property).
  3. Apply a DataTemplate to its content (via the ContentTemplate property).
  4. Do whatever else a ContentControl can do that a FrameworkElement cannot.

    • Label text is grayed out when disabled
    • Label supports access keys
    • Label is much heavier than TextBlock


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